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)
  • The 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
    Using simple techniques, the author 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 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)
  • 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
    Call number: 613.96 B232fo 2003
    A 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
    A practical guide to understanding the importance of family and learning how to be more optimistic and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. (232pp)
  • Home Team: Coaching the Saints and New Orleans Back to Life / by Sean Payton
    Call number: 796.33264 P347h 2010
    Payton details his decision to become head coach for the devastated New Orleans Saints in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and how he led the team to a Super Bowl victory in 2009 and helped revitalize the city’s spirit. (295pp)
  • 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 Bbeat 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)
  • The 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. This book proposes regular ten-minute exercise breaks that utilize music and dance and are easily incorporated into school, work, and community life. Rather than encouraging unhealthful habits, these “instant recesses” make the active choice the natural one. (263pp)
  • The Last Lecture / by Randy Pausch, with Jeffrey Zaslow
    Call number: 004.092 P3341
    The author, a computer science professor diagnosed with terminal cancer, explores his life, the lessons that he has learned, how he has worked to achieve his childhood dreams, and the effect of his diagnosis on him and his family.(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? This book documents the positive effects of optimism on quality of life and provides specific exercises designed to break the pessimism habit. (319pp)
  • The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty / by Peter Singer
    Call number: 361.7 S617l 2010
    Arguing that our current response to world poverty is not only insufficient but ethically indefensible, philosopher Peter Singer offers a seven-point plan that mixes personal philanthropy (figuring how much to give and how best to give it), local activism (spreading the word in your community), and political awareness (contacting your representatives to ensure that your nation’s foreign aid is really directed to the world’s poorest people). (206pp)
  • 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)
  • A 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. Contains graphic depictions of violence and drug use. (400pp)
  • The 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: being thin. (199pp)
  • One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way / by Robert Maurer
    Call number: 158.1 M453o 2004
    Kaizen is the Japanese technique of achieving great and lasting success through small, steady steps. 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)
  • The 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. (128 pp)
  • The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains / by Nicholas Carr
    Call number: 612.8 C312s 2010
    This book argues that the internet 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).” – Steve Harvey (237pp)
  • The 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
    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. (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)
  • 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
    Call number: 305.42 S736w 2013
    Explores why, a half century after the publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, women can still feel stuck in a man’s world. (320pp)