Book List: Self-Love, Relationships, Sexual and Reproductive Health
As we wrap up our first themed month of 2021, we’re sharing recommended reading from our featured experts this month. You can check out the full selection on our Bookshop list, and if you purchase through that page our organization will receive a small affiliate payment. We appreciate your support as we grow this platform into a valuable local resource for holistic health in the Twin Cities.
Books on Self Love:
The Body Is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor – the most popular book recommended by our experts and our community on cultivating radical self-love. Exploring how systems of oppression have inflicted damage on our relationship to our bodies and how radical self-love can create a more equitable world.
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A Singer – explore your relationship with your thoughts and emotions, and learn how to use mindfulness techniques to find freedom from thought patterns that limit your consciousness.
Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery, & Loving Your Body by Melanie C Klein and Anna Guest-Jelley – 25 stories from a variety of contributors, including Seane Corn and Alanis Morisette, about the intersection of yoga and body image.
Love Your Body by Louise Hay – 54 positive affirmations designed to help you cultivate a more positive relationship with your body.
Books on Sexuality:
Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski – the most recommended book by our experts and community about sexual health and relationships. Groundbreaking research around how women’s sexuality works and how you can create a more confident and enjoyable sex life.
Enhancing Couple Sexuality: Creating an Intimate and Erotic Bond by Emily McCarthy and Barry McCarthy – an accessible guide to help couples create a more satisfying and secure sexual relationship.
Coping With Erectile Dysfunction: How to Regain Confidence & Enjoy Great Sex by Barry w. McCarthy and Michael E. Metz – an exploration of the biological, emotional, and relational factors that contribute to erectile dysfunction.
Books on Relationships:
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B Rosenberg – learn the difference between violent and nonviolent communication and how to communicate intentionally and empathetically to have more satisfying relationships.
Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser – this book was shared by podcast guest Jillian Lydell, a divorce coach who talks about the possibility for growth and transformation both during and after a divorce.
The Collaborative Way to Divorce by Stuart G. Webb and Ronald D. Ousky – also shared by podcast guest Jillian Lydell, this book helps couples understand that how a couple conducts themselves during a divorce has more impact on their children than the divorce itself.
We’re Still Family: What Grown Children Have to Say About Their Parents’ Divorce by Constance Ahrons – a great book for couples going through a divorce who may be worried about how it will affect their children.
Books on Reproductive Health:
The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility by Lisa Hendrickson-Jack – your menstrual cycle can provide vital information about your health. This book can help you better understand your cycle and how to manage PMS symptoms, track fertility, and support your overall wellbeing.
Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook: A Companion to The Fifth Vital Sign by Lisa Hendrickson-Jack – a companion workbook to chart your cycle and summarize findings.
Womancode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source by Alisa Vitti – an exploration of how nutrition can affect hormone health, and ways to balance hormones using food and lifestyle changes.