Remarkable Non-Fiction Books – 2015

I learned valuable lessons from these books. The links open reviews. The prices shown are for used books including shipping.

Parenting and Education

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success
by Julie Lythcott-Haims $6

How to speak so kids will listen and listen so kids will speak by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish $5. 

How to speak so teens will listen and listen so teens will speak by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish $10.

Teenagers 101 – What a top teacher wishes you knew about helping your kid succeed by Rebecca Deurlein Ed. D $8

The smartest kids in the world – and how they got that way by Amanda Ripley $7

Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz $11

Where you go is not who you will be – An antidote to the college admission mania by Frank Bruni $15


Stressful relationships at home, work and society destroy pleasure in living. Nobody teaches us effective coping skills.

Crucial conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler $11

This and the next book by the same 4 authors are practical guides for fruitful interactions on sensitive topics with people at home, workplace and community. We generally avoid such conversations and confrontations afraid of hurting the relationship. The authors prove it otherwise with real life case studies done in variety of organizations.

Crucial confrontations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler $4

Boundaries by Henry Cloud, John Townsend $4

How not laying down and enforcing boundaries hurts relationships at home, work and all other places.

Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life by Susan Forward and Craig Buck $5

Emotional Blackmail: When the People in Your Life Use Fear, Obligation and Guilt to Manipulate You by Susan Forward $5. I have seen a few lives of people in 30’s to 60’s reclaimed after using the ideas from these books.

Mothers who can’t love – A healing guide for daughters by Susan Forward PhD $13

Emotional Vampires: Dealing with People Who Drain You Dry by Dr. Albert J Bernstein $10

How to spot them and defend yourself when attacked.

Living and Dying

30 Lessons for living by Karl Pillemer Ph.D $5

Remarkable words of wisdom distilled from surveys and interviews with older people in USA (65 to 100+).  

30 Lessons for loving – by Karl Pillemer Ph.D $15

Similar to above, focusing on a happy married life, beginning with selection of a life partner. Useful for all stages of married life. A must read for college students before they begin dating.

The conversation: A revolutionary plan for end-of-life care Angelo Volandes $18 (New Edition 2016) $19


Humans have been hosting trillions of bacteria called the ‘microbiome’ on the skin and gut, beginning from the mouth and ending with the rectum for millions of years. They constitute 90% of the living cells we carry with us, human cells being only 10%. Disturbing the diversity and quantities of the microbiome is causing the civilized society’s diseases like allergies and autoimmune diseases, type 1 diabetes, obesity and may be even autism and other mental disorders.

10% Human by Alanna Collen $17

Missing microbes – How overuse of antibiotics is fueling our modern plagues by Martin J. Blaser $13

Heart disease

Dr. Dean Ornish’s program for reversing heart disease.Dean Ornish MD – The only system scientifically proven to reverse heart disease without drugs or surgery $4

DASH diet for lowering hypertension PDF

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