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Aging Vibrantly

A Long Bright Future: Happiness, Health, and Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity

by Laura L. Cartensen

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End 

by Dr. Atul Gawande 

Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age 

by Jo-Ann Jenkins

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family

by Robert Kolker

Life Reimagined: The Science, Art and Opportunity of Midlife 

by Barbara Bradley Hagerty

The Adult Years: Mastering the Art of Self-Renewal 

by Frederic Hudson

Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes 

by William Bridges

Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing as We Age 

by Mary Pipher

Purpose & Happiness

Designing Your Life 

by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

Man’s Search for Meaning 

by Viktor E. Frankl

Off Balance:  Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction 

by Matthew Kelly

On Purpose: How We Create The Meaning of Life 

by Paul Froese

The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 

by Jonathan Rauch

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom 

by Jonathan Haidt

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living (A Guide to ACT) 

by Russ Harris

The Path to Purpose: How Young People Find Their Calling in Life 

by William Damon

The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success 

by Nicholas Lore

The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life that Matters 

by Emily Esfahani Smith

The Power of Purpose: Find Meaning, Live Longer, Better 

by Richard Leider

Intimate Relationships

Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life 

by Emily Nagoski

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

by Sue Johnson

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts 

by Gary Chapman

The Rough Patch: Marriage and the Art of Living Together 

by Daphne de Marneffe

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert

by John M. Gottman, Ph.D.

The Sweetness of Venus: a History of the Clitoris 

by Sarah Chadwick

This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism 

by Ashton Applewhite

Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now 

by Gordon Livingston, MD

Untamed 

by Glennon Doyle

Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give 

by Ada Calhoun

Thriving

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way we Live, Love, Parent, and Lead 

by Brené Brown

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life 

by Martin Seligman

Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead 

by Tara Mohr

Self-Compassion 

by Kristin Neff

Smarter Faster Better 

by Charles Duhigg

The Gifts of Imperfection 

by Brené Brown

Psychology & Mental Health

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma 

by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD

Good Morning Monster: A Therapist Shares Five Heroic Stories of Emotional Recovery

by Catherine Gildiner

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed 

by Lori Gottlieb

Moving Beyond Trauma: The Roadmap to Healing from Your Past and Living with Ease and Vitality 

by Ilene Smith

Nobody’s Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness 

by Roy Richard Grinker

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression 

by Andrew Solomon

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Mood and Madness 

by Kay Redfield Jamison

The Way She Feels: My Life on the Borderline 

by Courtney Cook

Why Won’t You Apologize? Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts 

by Harriet Lerner

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