You've heard of "Spock babies"? Well, I'm a Fahrenheit 451 baby. I love books. I have always believed that everything you could ever possibly want to know is in a book somewhere. Although I wouldn't stay in a burning building for one, books are almost sacred to me; I've never destroyed but one book in my entire life, and I had to think long and hard about that one.
On this page, I hope to offer you some of the books that I have found to be most healing to me personally and that my clients have found to be most helpful.
Kabat-Zinn, Jon (1990). Full catastrophe living. Dell: New York.
If You Have Issues With Food:
Bacon, with a Ph.D. in nutrition, carefully and systematically debunks every myth about fat. She will explain to you, in easily-understandable terms, how your body works to maintain its own correct weight and how you can learn to trust it again. Highly recommended!
Losing It: America's Obsession With Weight and the Industry That Feeds on It, by Laura Fraser, is a bit dated (copyright 1997) in spots, but for the most part it's timeless. Women have hated and fought with their bodies for nearly a century now, trying to force them into a totally unrealistic mold. So while some of Fraser's work (for example, on Fen/Phen, which you can't get any more) seems almost quaint, the principles still hold: There are surgical procedures and drugs out there being flogged to the public as safe which are in fact killing us. Fraser reviews some of the classic studies on why diets don't work, why fat is not as bad for us as we've been led to believe, and how some women are managing to regain normal, healthy relationships with food.
Grieving the Loss of a Pet?
Jon Katz's book is simply beautiful. It includes information about how to prepare for the loss of a pet, which I strongly advise people to read before the inevitable day arrives, and useful information on how to help children with the loss.