Book Recommendations

Self help/mental health

  • Anything by Brene Brown


  • Screamfree Parenting by Hal Edward Runkel
  • Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn
  • Heart of Parenting by John Gottman
  • Cinderella ate my daughter by Peggy Orenstein

Men and boys

  • I Don’t Want to Talk About It by Terrence Real
  • The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love by bell hooks
  • Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Dan Kindlon
  • Boys and Sex by Peggy Orenstein

Feminist topics

  • The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Assertiveness guide for women by Julie de Azevedo Hanks
  • The Mental Load by Emma

Sexuality, Eroticism, & Desire

  • Come as you are by Emily Nagoski
  • Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel
  • Passionate Marriage & Intimacy and Desire by David Schnarch

Consensual/Ethical Non-Monogamy & Polyamory

  • Polyamory by Kauppi
  • Polysecure by Fern
  • Ethical slut by Hardy and Easton
  • The jealousy workbook by Labriola
  • Love in abundance by Labriola
  • Jealousy survival guide by Chambliss
  • Opening up by Taormino
  • More than two by Veaux and Rickert
  • It’s called polyamory by Pincus and Hiles
  • A therapist’s guide to consensual nonmonogamy by Orion
  • Sex at dawn by Ryan and Jetha
  • Stories from the polycule by Sheff
  • The polyamorist next door by Sheff

Social Justice, Intersectionality, & Privilege

  • Where We Stand: Class Matters by bell hooks
  • Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
  • Between the world and me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • White Fragility by Robin Diangelo

Religion, Mental Health, & LGBTQ intersections

  • Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning by James W. Fowler
  • Peculiar People: Mormons and Same-Sex Orientation by Ron Schow, Wayne Schow and Marybeth Raynes
  • Gay Rights and the Mormon Church: Intended Actions, Unintended Consequences by Gregory A. Prince
  • Sacred Wounds: A Path to Healing from Spiritual Trauma by Teresa B. Pasquale
  • Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life by Amber Scorah
  • Leaving the Fold: A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving Their Religion by Marlene Winell
  • Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis: A Simple Developmental Map by Thomas Wirthlin McConkie

For clinicians

  • Couples, Gender, and Power: Creating Change in Intimate Relationships by
    Carmen Knudson-Martin and Anne Rankin Mahoney
  • LGBTQ clients in therapy by Joe Kort
  • Soul Searching by William Doherty
  • At Personal Risk by Marilyn Peterson
  • Men in Therapy by David Wexler
  • In the Room with Men by Englar-Carlson and Stevens
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