Personal Reading List

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My personal reading list is below.


Updated reading lists can be found at my author page on Goodreads.


  1. Independent People, Halldor Laxness
  2. The Grief Club: The Secret to Getting Through All Kinds of Change, Melody Beattie
  3. The Story of My Experiments with Truth, Mahatma Gandhi
  4. Surviving Survival: The Art and Science of Resilience, Laurence Gonzales
  5. Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do, Wednesday Martin
  6. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, Patrick Lencioni
  7. The Prosperous Heart: Creating a Life of “Enough,” Julia Cameron
  8. Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, Gregory Boyle
  9. The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, Julia Cameron


  1. No Death, No Fear, Thich Nhat Hanh
  2. Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life, Hayes
  3. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  4. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  5. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
  6. Half in Love, Linda Gray Sexton
  7. The Memory Palace, Mira Bartok
  8. History of a Suicide, Jill Bialosky
  9. One Buddha is Not Enough, Thich Nhat Hanh
  10. Partita: A Psychological Mystery, M. Hermann
  11. Crossing the Unknown Sea, David Whyte
  12. How to Talk to a Widower, N. Tropper
  13. This Boy’s Life, Tobias Wolff
  14. The Liars’ Club, M. Karr
  15. The Glass Castle, J. Walsh
  16. The Reality Dysfunction, Peter F. Hamilton
  17. Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt*
  18. The Memory Palace, Mira Bartok
  19. Wastelands, John Joseph Adams
  20. Ethics & Analysis, Luigi Zoja
  21. A Year in Provence, Peter Mayle
  22. Learning to Breathe, Priscilla Warner
  23. Starmaker, Jim Halsey
  24. Clark Howard’s Living Large in Lean Times, Howard & Meltzer
  25. Leaving Home, David P. Celani
  26. Widow, Lynn Cain
  27. The Liars’ Club, Mary Karr
  28. Night Falls Fast, Kay Redfield Jamison
  29. A Severe Mercy, Sheldon Vanauken
  30. This Boy’s Life, Tobias Wolff
  31. Somewhere Towards the End, Athill
  32. Poster Child, Rapp
  33. Blue Nights, Joan Didion
  34. Learning to Breathe, Warner
  35. A Year in Provence, Mayle
  36. Alchemical Psychology, James Hillman
  37. Old Friend from Far Away, Natalie Goldberg
  38. Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg
  39. If You Want to Write, Brenda Ueland*
  40. One Year to a Writing Life, Susan Tiberghien
  41. In a Perfect World, Laura Kasischke
  42. Feathered, Laura Kasischke
  43. Looking for Gold, Susan Tiberghien
  44. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Lisa See
  45. Unrealiable Truth: On Memoir and Memory, Maureen Murdock


  1. Smart Women Finish Rich, D. Rich
  2. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, Bogle
  3. All the Pretty Horses, McCarthy
  4. Nothing was the Same, Kay Redfield Jamison
  5. Night Falls Fast, Kay Redfield Jamison
  6. A Severe Mercy, Sheldon VanAuken
  7. Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  8. The Long Goodbye, Meghan O’Rourke
  9. Every Day Matters, Mary Jane Hurley Brandt
  10. The Soul in Grief, Robert Roman
  11. Fearless Confessions, Sue William Silverman
  12. In Her Wake, N. Rappaport
  13. Being a Widow, Lynn Caine
  14. When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Harold Kushner
  15. The Suicide Index, Joan Wickersham
  16. Personal Mythology, Feinstein & Krippner
  17. What Color is Your Parachute? Bolles
  18. Let’s Take the Long Way Home, Caldwell
  19. The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education, Craig M. Mullaney
  20. Here All Dwell Free: Stories to Heal the Wounded Feminine, Nelson
  21. Mythos I & II (DVD), Joseph Campbell
  22. Sukhavati (DVD), Joseph Campbell
  23. Cancer as a Turning Point, Lawrence LeShan
  24. Letters from Annapolis: Midshipmen Write Home, A. M. Drew
  25. Origins: 14 Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution, Tyson & Goldsmith
  26. The Universe in a Nutshell, Stephen Hawking
  27. Death by Black Hole, Neil DeGrasse Tyson
  28. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!, Richard P. Feynman
  29. A Briefer History of Time, Stephen Hawking
  30. City and Soul, James Hillman
  31. Alchemical Psychology, James Hillman
  32. Archetypal Psychology, James Hillman
  33. Great Books, David Denby
  34. A Severe Mercy, Shelden Vanauken
  35. An Unfinished Marriage, Anderson
  36. I Thought it was Just Me, Brown
  37. A Grief Observed, C. S. Lewis
  38. A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin
  39. A Widow’s Story, Joyce Carol Oates
  40. The Long Goodbye, Meghan O’Rourke
  41. The Mythic Path, Feinstein & Krippner
  42. The Soul in Grief, Robert Romanyshyn
  43. The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown
  44. The Black Sun, Stanton Marlan
  45. The Grief Recovery Handbook, James & Friedman
  46. The Courage to Grieve, Tatelbaum
  47. Being a Widow, Lynn Caine
  48. Widow to Widow, G. Davis Ginsburg
  49. The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
  50. The Qur’an Translation, A. Y. Ali, Trans.
  51. “Conceptual Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology,” J. Tooby
  52. “Concerning Rebirth,” C. G. Jung
  53. Ascent of Mount Carmel, John of the Cross
  54. Four Quartets, T. S. Eliot
  55. Spiritual Body, Celestial Earth, H. Corbin
  56. Mundus Imaginalis, or the Imaginary and the Imaginal, H. Corbin
  57. The World Turned Inside Out, Tom Cheetham
  58. The Right to Write, Julia Cameron
  59. You Must Revise Your Life, William Stafford
  60. Tracking the Gods: The Place of Myth in Modern Life, James Hollis
  61. Swamplands of the Soul: New Life in Dismal Places, James Hollis
  62. The Conference of the Birds, Attar
  63. Dream Analysis: Notes on the Seminar Given 1928-1930, C. G. Jung
  64. Aion, C. G. Jung
  65. The Writing Life, Annie Dillard
  66. “The Therapeutic Language of Alchemical Language,” J. Hillman
  67. “Psychology and Alchemy,” C. G. Jung
  68. On Writing, Stephen King
  69. Henry Miller on Writing, Henry Miller
  70. “Alchemical Catechism,” Paracelsus
  71. Alchemy, Marie-Louise von Franz
  72. On Writing Well, William Zinsser
  73. Don’t Bite Your Tongue, Palgrave


  1. A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest J. Gaines
  2. No More Words: A Journal of My Mother, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Reeve Lindbergh
  3. Blue Heaven, C. J. Box
  4. Vol. 7 of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung: Two Essays on Analytical Psychology
  5. Inner Work, Robert A. Johnson
  6. The Force of Character and the Lasting Life, James Hillman
  7. The Adolescent Psyche: Jungian and Winnicottian Perspectives, Richard Frankel
  8. Healing Trauma: Attachment, Trauma, the Brain, and the Mind, Fosha, Shapiro, Schore, et. al.
  9. Civilization and its Discontents, Freud
  10. The Interpretation of Dreams, Freud
  11. Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Freud
  12. Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, Freud
  13. Three Case Histories, Freud
  14. Between Heaven and Earth, Johnson
  15. Attachment from Infancy to Adulthood: The Major Longitudinal Studies, Grossmann et al.
  16. The Invisible Church, McGehee
  17. Psychotherapy, von Franz
  18. The Feminine in Fairy Tales, von Franz
  19. Projection and Re-Collection, von Franz
  20. Animus and Anima in Fairy Tales, von Franz
  21. The Undiscovered Self, C. G. Jung
  22. Encounters with the Soul, Barbara Hannah
  23. Dreams, A Portal to the Source, Whitmont & Perera
  24. Alchemy: An Introduction to the Symbolism and the Psychology, von Franz
  25. The Origins and History of Consciousness, Neumann
  26. Loving the Self-Absorbed, Brown
  27. Imagination as Space of Freedom: Dialogue Between the Ego and the Unconscious, Verena Kast
  28. Jung on Active Imagination, Jung
  29. Complexes: Diagnosis and Therapy in Analytical Psychology, Dieckmann & Matthews
  30. Complex: Path of Transformation from Archetype to Ego, Erel Shalit
  31. A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman, Joan Anderson
  32. The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists: Coping with the One-Way Relationship in Work, Love, and Family, Eleanor Payson


  1. Vol. 9i of the Collected works of C. G. Jung: The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious
  2. On This Journey We Call Our Life: Living the Questions, James Hollis
  3. Creating a Life: Finding Your Individual Path, James Hollis
  4. Vol. 5 of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung: Symbols of Transformation
  5. My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult
  6. When Friendship Hurts, Jan Yager
  7. The Drama of the Gifted Child, Alice Miller
  8. Utopia, Thomas More
  9. Heaven, Peter Kreeft
  10. The Witching Hour, Anne Rice
  11. Runaway, Alice Monroe
  12. Blindness, Jose Saramago
  13. The Prince, Machiavelli.
  14. Jung’s Map of the Soul, Murray Stein
  15. Selected Writings, Meister Eckhart
  16. Love, Guilt and Reparation, Melanie Klein & Joan Riviera
  17. Vol. 4 of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung: Freud and Psychoanalysis
  18. Soul Retrieval, Sandra Ingerman
  19. Motivation and Personality, Abraham Maslow
  20. The Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis
  21. Vol. 3 of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung: The Psychogenesis of Mental Disease
  22. Vol. 2 of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung: Experimental Researches
  23. Vol. 1 of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung: Psychiatric Studies
  24. Three Case Histories, Freud


  1. The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
  2. Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self, Sandra Ingerman
  3. False Impression, Jeffrey Archer
  4. Blindness, José Saramago
  5. The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri
  6. Suicide and the Soul, James Hillman
  7. The Passion of the Western Mind, Richard Tarnas
  8. Saint Thomas Aquinas, G. K. Chesterton
  9. The Art of Writing (DVD), Richard Tarnas
  10. The Art, Practice, and Philosophy of Psychotherapy (DVD), James Hillman
  11. Is There No Place on Earth for Me? Susan Sheehan
  12. Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families
  13. Henry Miller on Writing, Henry Miller
  14. Reading Like a Writer, Francine Prose
  15. A Matter of Honor, William Hammond
  16. God: A Biography, Jack Miles
  17. Holy the Firm, Annie Dillard
  18. Annals of the Former World, John McPhee
  19. An American Childhood, Annie Dillard
  20. The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, Saul Friedlander
  21. Gulag: A History, Anne Applebaum
  22. Teaching a Stone to Talk, Annie Dillard
  23. And Their Children After Them, Dale Maharidge & Michael WIlliamson
  24. The Denial of Death, Ernest Becker
  25. Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
  26. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
  27. The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett
  28. The Writing Life, Annie Dillard
  29. Honeymoon, James Patterson
  30. Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs
  31. The Testament, John Grisham
  32. Building the Bonds of Attachment, Daniel Hughes
  33. Winning, Jack Welch
  34. We, Robert A. Johnson
  35. Tristan and Isolde, JosephBedier
  36. Beautiful Boy, Daniel Stern
  37. Facilitating Developmental Attachment, Daniel A. Hughes
  38. A New Earth, Eckard Tolle
  39. Secrets of God, Hildegard von Bingen
  40. Anselm of Canterbury: The Major Works
  41. Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier
  42. The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann
  43. Why Mars and Venus Collide, John Gray


  1. The First Created Man, St. Symeon the New Theologian
  2. The Koran
  3. Misdiagnosis, James T. Webb, M.D., et al.
  4. Seeing the Crab, Christina Middlebrook
  5. Who Dies? An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying, Steve Levine
  6. Swamplands of the Soul: New Life in Dismal Places, James Hollis
  7. Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Bede
  8. The Woman Who Waited, Andre Makine
  9. Why Good People Do Bad Things, James Hollis, Ph.D.
  10. Embracing Persephone, Virginia Beane Rutter
  11. Under Saturn’s Shadow: The Wounding and Healing of Men, James Hollis
  12. Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other, James Hollis
  13. Projection and Re-Collection in Jungian Psychology, Marie-Louise von Franz
  14. Jungian Psychology Unplugged, Daryl Sharp
  15. The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Mid-Life, James Hollis
  16. Confidence, Rosabeth Moss Kanter
  17. The Confessions, St. Augustine*
  18. The Measure of a Man, Sidney Poitier
  19. Blue Like Jazz, Donald Miller
  20. A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf
  21. Earth Abides, George R. Stewart
  22. Owning Your Own Shadow, Robert A. Johnson
  23. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling
  24. Smart Women Finish Rich, David Bach
  25. Alas, Babylon, Pat Frank*
  26. A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
  27. Meditations, Marcus Aurelius
  28. The Odyssey, Homer
  29. The Oresteia, Dramas, Aeschylus
  30. The Histories, Herodotus
  31. Antigone, Sophocles
  32. On Writing, Stephen King*
  33. Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus, The Trojan Women, Electra, Euripedes
  34. History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides
  35. The Frogs, Lysistrata, Aristophanes
  36. The One Who Knows God, Clement of Alexandria
  37. The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
  38. The Drama of the Gifted Child, Alice Miller*
  39. Atonement, Ian McEwan
  40. Dark Assassin, Anne Perry
  41. Going Home, Thich Nhat Hanh
  42. The Apostolic Fathers, Michael W. Holmes
  43. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
  44. A Simple Path, Mother Teresa
  45. Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
  46. Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings, Timothy Lull, Ed.
  47. Collected Works of St. John of the Cross, K. Kavanaugh, Trans.
  48. The Passion of Perpetua, Marie-Louise von Franz
  49. Dracula, Bram Stoker
  50. The Secrets of God, Hildegard von Bingen
  51. The Rule of Benedict, Joan Chittister
  52. A Revelation of Divine Love, Julian of Norwich
  53. Lilith, Siegmund Hurwitz
  54. Freedom from Fibromyalgia, Nancy Selfridge, M.D.
  55. Jung on Christianity, Muray Stein, Ed.*
  56. Writing to Change the World, Mary Pipher
  57. Anger, Thich Nhat Hanh
  58. The Path to Love, Deepak Chopra
  59. Horary Astrology Rediscovered, Olivia Barclay
*Re-read the book this year.