Heath Education 101 – Recommended Readings to Inform and Inspire

  • Among angels / by Jane Seymour
    Call number: 235.3 S521a 2010
    Recognized for her work with the disabled and needy, her new book is an inspirational work that focuses on the presence of angels among people. (127pp)
  • Art of happiness: a handbook for living / by the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler
    Call number: 294.3923 B916ar
    Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Cutler, he explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life’s obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace. (322pp)
  • Becoming a true champion / by Kirk Mango
    Call number: 796.01 M277b 2012
    Coach, Olympic gold medalist, and Division I National Champion, Kirk Mango’s book provides a “guide for all athletes in any sport to fully understand what it takes to become a premier athlete,” says one USA Paralympics athlete. (224pp)
  • Breaking free from emotional eating / by Geneen Roth
    Call number: 616.8526 R845b
    A proven author, her proven program for resolving the conflicts at the root of overeating. Using simple techniques developed in her highly successful seminars, she offers reassuring, practical advice on: Learning to recognize the signals of physical hunger, eating without distraction, knowing when to stop, kicking the scale-watching habit, and withstanding social and family pressures. (216pp)
  • Breaking night: a memoir of forgiveness, survival, and my journey from homeless to Harvard / Liz Murray
    Call number: 362.74 M982b 2010
    Liz Murray grew up with drug-addicted, HIV-infected parents and was supporting them at age 10. Homeless at 15, she refused to let circumstances define her and, although she didn’t attend school until 8th grade, finished high school in two years and graduated from Harvard. (334pp)
  • Come to win: business leaders, artists, doctors, and other visionaries on how sports can help you top your profession / by Venus Williams, with Kelly E. Carter
    Call number: 796 W727c 2011
    Features essays from the likes of Bill Clinton, Denzel Washington, Billie Jean King and so many more. (357pp)
  • Counting bones / by Michelle J. Bahret
    Call number: 616.8526 B151c 2002
    The author candidly writes about her eating illness that almost destroyed her life. The need to be thin at any cost is a national problem. Read about the devastating toll but also how she gained victory, life and real health. (216pp)
  • Death: the final stage of growth / edited by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
    Call number: 155.93 D285d 1986
    Dr. Kubler-Ross, the world-renowned psychiatrist whose pioneering work identified the five stages of terminal illness, shows how we come to terms with the idea of death. Drawing on our own and other cultures’ views of death and dying, Elisabeth Kübler offers a spectrum of viewpoints, including those of ministers, rabbis, doctors, nurses, and sociologists, and the personal accounts of those near death and of their survivors. Once we come to terms with death as a part of human development, the author shows, death can provide us with a key to the meaning of human existence. (181pp)
  • Dorm room diet: the 10-step program for creating a healthy lifestyle plan that really works / by Daphne Oz
    Call number: 613.0434 O99d 2010
    For students heading off to college, social and emotional changes can trigger overeating. Based on the idea that a diet is a long-term commitment, dieters learn how to satisfy cravings and avoid eating on impulses. (225pp)
  • Five people you meet in heaven / by Mitch Albom
    Call number: F A339f 2003
    An inspiring interpretation of the afterlife and necessary lessons to be taken from this world to the next. Illuminates the mysteries of “meaningless” life, and reveals the haunting secret behind the eternal question: “why am I here?” (198pp)
  • For each other: sharing sexual intimacy / by Lonnie Barbach
    A famed psychologist/sex therapist/author gives women a complete program for dealing with the complex aspects of a relationship–physical and psychological–that affect sexual satisfaction. A complete program is offered for establishing more joyful and satisfying intimacy with your partner, providing the tools you need to enliven your sexual relationship. (305pp)
  • For one more day / by Mitch Albom
    Call number: F A339fo
    This is the story of Charley, a child of divorce, who is always forced to choose between his mother and his father. He grows into a man and starts a family of his own. But one fateful weekend, he leaves his mother to secretly be with his father – and she dies while he is gone. This haunts him for years. It unravels his young family. It leads him to depression and drunkenness. One night, he decides to take his life. But somewhere between this world and the next, he encounters his mother again, in their hometown, and gets to spend one last day with her – the day he missed and always wished he’d had. (197pp)
  • For yourself: the fulfillment of female sexuality / by Lonnie Barbach
    Call number: 613.96 B228f
    This unique, step-by-step program, developed by an acclaimed sex therapist and intimacy expert, has led countless women to discover the wisdom of their own bodies. It answers intimate questions that so many women have been afraid to ask — clearing up the misinformation and confusion that can interfere with experiencing healthy pleasure. Gives simple, effective exercises to help you discover a new world of sexual fulfillment for yourself. (256pp)
  • Happy: Simple steps to get the most out of life / by Dr. Ian Smith
    Call number: 170 S649h 2011
    Dr. Ian Smith is the creator and founder of The 50 Million Pound Challenge, which was designed to help the growing epidemic of obesity in America. (232pp)
  • Home team: Coaching the Saints and New Orleans back to life / by Sean Payton
    Call number: 796.33264 P347h 2010
    Payton is the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, and the book is about to make its debut on The New York Times bestseller list. (295pp)
  • How to be an adult in relationships: the five keys to mindful loving / by David Richo
    Richo uses the metaphor of the heroic journey to describe the process toward psychological and spiritual maturity. First he discusses “personal work” and the three challenges to adulthood: fear, anger, and guilt, as well as the self-esteem that comes from meeting those challenges. Then he discusses relationships and the dual problem of maintaining personal boundaries and establishing appropriate intimacy. Finally, he discusses the techniques of integration: flexibility, befriending the shadow, using dreams, and developing spirituality through openness to the self and unconditional love. This guide contains useful quotations, summary reflections, and affirmations, as well as other techniques that give concrete advice on the process of growth. (122pp)
  • I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban / by Malala Yousafzai
    Call number: 371.822095 Y82i 2013
    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. (289pp)
  • I beat the odds: from homelessness, to The Blind Side, and beyond / by Michael Oher with Don Yaeger
    Call number: 796.332092 2012
    Memoir of the man featured in the film The Blind Side. (236pp)
  • Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks / by Rebecca Skloot
    Call number: 616.02774 S628i 2010
    “Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.” (369pp)
  • Instant recess: building a fit nation 10 minutes at a time / by Dr. Antronette Yancey
    Call number: 613.0973 Y21i 2010
    Dr. Yancey is the co-director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity and a professor at the UCLA School of Public Health. Ten minutes of physical activity is something that just about any organization can fit into its normal routine, either during meetings or at a certain time of the day. Schools can fit it in. Either they transition kids between things like lunch, you know, when they’re trying to move from lunch to, you know, getting the kids or whatever. (263pp)
  • Last lecture / by Randy Pausch, with Jeffrey Zaslow
    Call number: 004.092 P3341
    “A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy? “(206 pp)
  • Learned optimism / by Martin E.P. Seligman
    Call number: 155.2 S465l
    Are you an optimist or a pessimist? How often do you take on new projects and celebrate your successes? (319pp)
  • Life you can save: Acting now to end world poverty / by Peter Singer
    Call number: 361.7 S617l 2010
    A professor of bioethics at Princeton, his efforts to combat poverty have influenced so many around the world. His latest text talks about the statistics: over a billion people living in extreme poverty and nine million children dying each year from poverty-related causes that we could help. “How can I make a difference?” The problem is that we need to focus on the individuals we can help. (206pp)
  • Love, lust and faking it / by Jenny McCarthy
    Divulges the ‘naked truth’ about love, sex and romance. (272pp)
  • Loving each other: the challenge of human relationships / by Leo F. Buscaglia
    Call number: 158.2 B976l
    In this exploration of loving and living, Buscaglia addresses the intricacies and challenges of love relationships. He offers solid advice to all that are looking to improve any loving relationship, revealing the key qualities that can help such a relationship flourish: intimacy, honesty, happiness and forgiveness. (208 pp)
  • Making peace with food: freeing yourself from the diet/weight obsession / by Susan Kano
    Call number: 613.2 K16m 1989
    Offers a step-by-step guide for breaking free of obsessive behavior regarding food and dieting through the use of cultural and psychological analysis. (272pp)
  • Million little pieces / by James Frey
    Call number: 362.293 F893m 2004
    This is the story of Frey’s experiences with drug and alcohol abuse and his treatment toward sobriety. The author’s tale provides a realistic view of the life of an addict. It’s full of profanity and graphic depictions of violence and drug use. (400pp)
  • Obsession: reflections on the tyranny of slenderness / by Kim Chernin
    Call number: 306.4 C521o
    An important analysis of one of the most widespread and destructive obsessions of the female sex: being thin. (199pp)
  • On death and dying: what the dying have to teach doctors, nurses, clergy and their own families / by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
    Call number: 155.93 K95o 2009
    In On Death and Dying, Dr. Kubler-Ross first introduced and explored the now-famous idea of the five stages of dealing with death: denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. With simple interviews and conversations, she gives the reader a better understanding of how imminent death affects the patient, the professionals who serve the patient, and the patient’s family, bringing hope, solace, and peace of mind to all involved. (286pp)
  • One small step can change your life: The Kaizen way / by Robert Maurer
    Call number: 158.1 M453o 2004
    “An expert on the art of success, Dr. Robert Maurer has helped countless people and businesses use kaizen to reach their objectives and maintain excellence. Distilling its secrets, Dr. Maurer shows not only how and why kaizen works, but how to make it work for you—how to position yourself for change and make your life more effective, whether at home or in the office; how to address personal changes and career changes; how to realize ambitions by sidestepping any impediments.”(150 pp)
  • Promise me: How a sister’s love launched the global movement to end breast cancer / by Nancy G. Brinker
    Call number: 362.196994 B858p 2011
    Inside the author’s efforts to build a global movement to cure cancer. (356pp)
  • Prophet / by Kahlil Gibran
    Call number: 892.7 G448pr 2002
    First published in 1923, this masterpiece of religious inspiration and timeless appeal offers deep insight into every facet of existence: love, marriage, children, work, freedom, pain, joy, sorrow, friendship, and time. In a distant, timeless place, a mysterious prophet walks the sands. As he leaves his town, he imparts some of his knowledge to the local people. (128 pp)
  • Shallows: what the internet is doing to our brains / by Nicholas Carr
    Call number: 612.8 C312s 2010
    Shifts the emphasis of our thought away from deep, attentive thought, contemplative thought, and reflective thought and more and more toward a skimming and scanning type of behavior. Our minds are constantly bombarded by information, but we’re losing the ability to slow down and think really deeply about one thing for a long period of time. (276pp)
  • Straight talk, no chaser: How to find, keep, and understand a man / by Steve Harvey
    Call number: 306.7 H342s 2010
    “I have been labeled a relationship expert on a national morning show and in one of the most well-read and respected women’s magazines in the world (though I will maintain that I am merely an expert on the mind-set of men in terms of how we think and why we do what we do).” (237pp)
  • Success principles: how to get from where you are to where you want to be / by Jack Canfield, with Janet Switzer
    Call number: 158.1 C222sp
    “One of the most pervasive myths in the American culture today is that we are entitled to a great life – that somehow, somewhere, someone (certainly not us) is responsible for filling our lives with continual happiness, exciting career options, nurturing family time, and blissful personal relationships simply because we exist. But the real truth and the one lesson this whole book is based on is that there is only one person responsible for the quality of life you live…that person is you.” (473pp)
  • Think like a champion / by Mike Shanahan, with Adam Schefter
    Call number: 796.332092 S528t 1999
    Mike Shanahan believes that the game of life is won or lost before you take the field. You can’t win any important game without a plan for how to win it; not live a successful life or pursue a rewarding career without a clear outcome in mind and a detailed plan for how to achieve your goals. (214pp)
  • Tuesdays with Morrie / by Mitch Albom
    Call number: 378.12 S399A
    Award-winning sportswriter Albom was a student at Brandeis University, some two decades ago, of sociologist Morrie Schwartz. Here Albom recounts how, recently, as the old man was dying, he renewed his warm relationship with his revered mentor. A contemporary book about a man’s mentor and the life changing events within your own soul. (208pp)
  • When food is love: exploring the relationship between eating and intimacy / by Geneen Roth
    Call number: 616.852 R845wf
    Roth examines the link between eating disorders and the need for intimacy they often unmask. She shows why many people overeat in an attempt to satisfy their emotional hunger and reveals how to stop the cycle of compulsive behavior. (205pp)
  • Winner within: a life plan for team players / by Pat Riley
    Call number: 658.4036 R573w
    A life plan for team planners. Formula for success. It is a book about winning, leadership, mastery, change and personal growth based on understanding and controlling the shifting dynamics of a team–any team, corporation, small company, a family, a city or a group of athletes. (271pp)
  • Wonder women: sex, power and the quest for perfection / by Debora Spar Macmillan
    Fifty years after the Equal Rights Amendment, why are woman still living in a man’s world? (320pp)