Prof Ked’s Ever-Expanding Book List for Smarty Pants Social Workers


Fradd. M. (2017) The Porn Myth: Exposing the Reality Behind the Fantasy of Pornography Ignatius Press

Fischer, C. (2008) Wishful Drinking Simon & Schuster

Mate, G. (2007) In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addictions Knoph Canada

Rohr, R. (1989) Breathing Underwater: Spirituality and the 12 Steps Franciscan Media



Heller, D. P. (2017) Healing Your Attachment Wounds How to Create Deep and Lasting Intimate Relationships New York, New York: Sounds True

Levine, A., Heller, R. (2010) Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How it Can Help You Find- and Keep- Love Tarcher


Brain Stuff

Barrett, L. F. (2017) How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Children and Adolescents

Axline, V. M. (1964) Dibs in Search of Self New York, New York: Ballantine Books

Homeyer, L. E. (2010) Sandtray Thearpy: A Practical Manual New York New York: Routledge

Gallo-Lopez, L., Schaefer, C. E., Gines, A. E. (2005) Play Therapy with Adolescents New York, New York: Jason Aronson Inc

Meeker, M. (2014) Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men Ballantine Books

Rubin, L. C. (2006) Using Superheroes in Counseling and Play Therapy New York, New York: Springer Publishing Company

Schaefer, C. E. (2002) Play Therapy with Adults New York New York: Wiley

Siegel, D. J., Bryson, T. P. (2011) The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Develping Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles and Help Your Family Thrive Delacorte Press


Death and Dying

Kalanithi, P. (2016) When Breath Becomes Air Random House

Gawande, A. (2017) Being Mortal: Medicine and What matters in the End


Desmond, M. (2016) Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Crown



Pollan, M. (2018) How to Change your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics New York New York: Allen Lane



Coates, T. N. (2015) Between the World and Me Speigel & Grau

Davis, D. B. (2006) Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World Oxford University Press

Du Bois, W.E.B, (1903) The Souls of Black Folk New York, New York: Penguin Classics

Dunbar-Ortiz, R. (2014) An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States Beacon Press

Isenberg, N. (2016) White Trash: The 400- Year Untold Story of Class in America Viking

Kimmerer, R. W. (2013) Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

Moore, W., Smiley, T. (2010) The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates Spiegel & Grau

Noah, T. (2016) Born a Crime Doubleday Canada

Vance, J. D. (2016) Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis: Harper

Zinn, H. (2005) A People’s History of the United States Harper Perennial



Berne, E. (1964) Games People Play Penguin

Chapman, G. (2015) The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts

Gottmon, J. M. (2015) The Seven principles for Making Marriage Work

Gottmon, J. M. (2011) The Science of Trust: Emotional Attunement for Couples

Perel, E. (2006) Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic New York, New York: Harper

Perel, E. (2017) The State of Affairs New York, New York: Harper


Psychopathy/ Sociopathy

De Becker, G. (1997) The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Douglas, J. E. (1996) Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit Pocket Books

Skinner, E. B. (2008) A Crime So Monstrous: Face to Face with Modern Day Slavery : Free Press



Brown, B. (2015) Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Life, Love, Parent and Lead

Levine, P. A. (1997) Walking the Tiger: Healing Trauma: The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences New York, New York: North Atlantic Books

Shapiro, F., Forrest, M. S. (1998) EMDR: The Breakthrough “Eye Movement” Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety, Stress and Trauma Basic Books

Van der Kolk, B. A. (2014) The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma Viking


Can’t hurt. Might Help.

Campbell, J. (1972) The Hero With a Thousand Faces Princeton, New Jersey Princeton University Press

Frankl, V. E. (1946) Man’s Search for Meaning Beacon Press

Gaiman, N. (2018) Norse Mythology Harper

Mahnke, A. (2017) The World Of Lore: Monstrous Creatures Del Ray Books

Mahnke, A. (2018) The World Of Lore: Wicked Mortals Del Ray Books

Spinney, C. (2003) The Wisdom of Big Bird (and the Dark Genius of Oscar the Grouch): Lessons from a Life in Feathers: Villard


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