Resources: Recommended Self Help Books & Reading

Enhancing mental health through the power of literature

Reading fiction & non-fiction

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Reading is thought to improve self-esteem, self-awareness, and feelings of self-efficacy.

Bibliotherapy is a therapeutic approach using books and other forms of literature (typically alongside more traditional therapy modalities), to support our mental health.

Though the books recommended by therapists can encompass any genre or theme—from philosophy to memoir to self-help—bibliotherapists typically make use of fiction (scroll to the bottom!). 

Reading specific pieces of literature and talking about them with a therapist (or in a group therapy setting) is thought to help patients understand perspectives other than their own, make sense of a difficult past or upsetting symptoms, or experience feelings of hope, contentment, and empathy.

Latest Recommendations

Beautiful stories about complicated families

  1. To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret  by Jedidiah Jenkins 
  2. The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
  3. South of Broad by Pat Conroy
  4. Beach Music by Pat Conroy
  5. The Great Alone By Kristin Hannah​​
  6. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
  7. The Rent Collector by Camron Wright
  8. Educated by Tara Westover
  9. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  10. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen​

For the philosophers

  1. When Nietzsche Wept: A Novel of Obsession by Irvin Yalom
  2. The Fall by Albert Camus
  3. Reflections on the Art of Living by Joseph Campbell
  4. The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir 
  5. Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism, 2nd Edition, by bell hooks.
  6. Man’s search for meaning by Viktor Frankl
  7. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

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