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Monday, March 6, 2017

Notes on Anders's "Education" age 5 1/3

At 5 1/3

Reading

We stopped doing the Kumon reading program in January. He had wanted to do their program, so I supported him, but I never liked it very much. After I read The Well-Trained Mind I was able to explain to him (and myself) exactly why I was not liking the program and why I thought he should stop doing it. Anders agreed to stop after he finished level 3A. Here is the post I wrote about that decision: http://roslynross.blogspot.com/2016/12/ideal-reading-programs-and-kumon-i-can.html.

Sometime in January we went back to doing Hooked on Phonics. We reviewed the kindergarten program for a few weeks, focusing on mastering sound combinations. Anders flew threw it and really enjoyed revisiting books that he had read when he was "young." Then we reviewed the first grade program up to where we had been when we switched last year. It was quite surprising to me how quickly it all came back to him. We have been doing a lot more repetition this time through, reading each little book several times until he has truly mastered it before moving on. We are now about two weeks shy of finishing the first grade program.

We currently read at night right before bed. We read something hard (new) for ten minutes, something easy (review) for five minutes, and then do flashcards for five minutes and some brain quest (we finished the kindergarten one during this time period). Then I read to him until he wants to go to sleep.

I finally found a series of kids' versions of the classics that I like. It's called the Classic Starts series. It is much less dumbed down than the other series of classics for kids that I have read – I have been happy with the vocabulary level. They are short. They are like a quick intro course that enables us to cover more books and decide which ones we really like and want to read the longer versions of. For example, we recently read Pinocchio, Oliver TwistTreasure Island, Robinson Crusoe and The Story of King Arthur and His Knights in the Classic Starts series. The only one we want to read a longer version of is King Arthur.

We also recently read (the original versions of) Little Men, Swedish Folk Tales, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. All were hits with Anders, of course. The one I liked the most was Swedish Folk Tales. We have read many different books of fairy tales at this point and Swedish Folk Tales is the only one I have ever liked values-wise.

Another thing we have learned – several times, we keep accidentally repeating this experiment due to random circumstances: If Anders watches more than about ninety minutes of television (documentaries) in a single day, he will find doing his work extremely difficult the next day. It's cumulative too. If he watches no television for a few weeks and then has a television intensive day due to traveling, he will only struggle a little the next day whereas if he watches a bunch of television several days in a row, he will get progressively worse at his work each day until he is struggling to the point that we decide to forgo any more television until his brain is better.

What is different about his brain is his ability to focus. If Anders hasn't watched any television in a week, he can sit down and do five pages of math in one sitting. If Anders has had an overdose of screen time, he will do a half a page, stare into space, get distracted with something else, focus long enough to finish the page, and then decide he doesn't feel like doing his work today.

Math

At the beginning of this time period Anders needed something to change with his math. He would say that he wanted to keep doing his math program, but for about two weeks he would never make time to do it. I couldn't blame him – there is so much exciting stuff going on at the farm all the time! I asked him if we could just put the program on pause as I didn't want to pay for it if we weren't going to do it.

That made him very upset, and he started doing the program again. After a few weeks I felt like I had to threaten him with cancelation of the program constantly otherwise he would not make the time to do it. That wasn't working for me.

I told him I was very confused about what to do. His words were saying he wanted to do the program, but not his actions. He told me to just make him do his Kumon, like the kids I used to be a nanny for. Thus began a very interesting discussion that lasted a few days: We try to have no force in our family, but is force okay if the other person gives you permission because they have a goal, but need help with their self-control? Anders thought so. He has helped me from time to time to limit my chocolate consumption, and I was always appreciative.

In the end I decided to experiment and see. I thought Anders might be curious about what it is like to be forced to do something and, when you are five, there is value even in negative experiences, provided they are not traumatizing. I didn't think it would be traumatizing, so we decided that the next day I would be "Anders's nanny instead of his mom."

So, the next morning I didn't let him leave his chair until his math was done, as I had done with many children before him. It was fascinating and depressing. He pulled the math out of his head with a slowness that I had never seen in him before. I have always marveled at how fast and bright he is, but that day he seemed slow and stupid. When his work was finally done, it was ugly, lots of erasing, scribbles, rips, and doodles. His behavior and the work he produced was virtually identical to the kids for whom I had been a nanny. All this time I thought he was so bright, but as it turns out he was bright because he was doing what he wanted to be doing. Shocker.

When his math was done for the day, I asked him what he thought about being forced, and he said, "It was fine. Will you do that again tomorrow?" I was feeling very conflicted. But the experience helped me realize what the problem was or, rather, what Anders needed.

The next day I told him I didn't want to force him. I told him that what I thought he might be interested in was something called self-control.

I said (something along these lines):

 "You used to do math for the experience of doing the math. You were learning something new, and it was fun. Learning new things is fun. But after you were done with the learning, it became time to master the math problems and have them so memorized in your brain that you never have to think about them again. That is your new task. And you are experiencing it right now as a boring task, because you haven't learned how to switch brains.

"In a way, we have two brains in our head. Our Long Term Goal Brain and our Right Now Brain. Most of the time, when you are five, your Right Now Brain is the boss. But as you get older, your Long Term Goal Brain starts to grow, and it wants to be the boss sometimes.

"Our Right Now Brains just wants to be experiencing the world, not memorizing things. In fact, it hates memorizing things. It hates it so much that every math problem is painful, and when doing work is painful, the work itself becomes ugly. Look at this work you turned in yesterday!

"If you can learn how to command your attention, by strengthening your focus muscle, your Right Now Brain will be quiet for a minute and your Goal Brain will take over. When your Goal Brain is in charge, doing your math will be easy; you will be fast; your work will be beautiful; and you will feel powerful and competent. For that reason it will be fun again. It is fun to feel powerful and competent.

"You get to decide what brain is the boss. It's called commanding your attention, deciding what to focus on, and then having a strong enough focus muscle to stay focused. Yesterday, when you did your work, you were in your Right Now Brain. That's why the work felt boring and miserable.

"Today, I don't want you to think about doing math. This work isn't about math. This is about your ability to be the boss of your attention. Not me. If I am the boss of your attention you won't get stronger. If you are the boss of your attention you will get stronger and stronger every day. See if you can give all your attention power to your Goal Brain, and just get this done. You will know you are succeeding when time disappears, and you find yourself just whipping out numbers."

This was exactly what Anders needed to hear. His goal became, not to do math pages, but to see if he could command his attention and strengthen his focus muscle. He started with just one page at a time. But he could feel the difference. When he was in his Goal Brain he felt powerful and capable and the math was easy to do and time flew by. When he lost his focus, there were suddenly lots of mistakes on the page, and he felt powerless and miserable. (Or at least, that is what he told me. It's entirely possible he was just repeating to me what I had said.)

It took about a week for him to get his focus up to five pages straight. The new game of "Can I Focus My Brain?" was so interesting for him that he started hopping out of bed in the morning and saying, "Give me my pages!" Then he would sit down and whip them out, five beautiful pages with no errors and nice handwriting. Many times there would be a section, around page two or three in which there would be three problems or so that were scribbled out, and I would say, "Look, I can see you lost your focus here, and I can see here you got it back here."

At the end of this time period: Anders continues to race through his math every day, impressing himself with his speed and memorization abilities and blowing me away with his persistence and determination. He is almost done with the long, hard unit of 3A.

After he is done with his Kumon pages we do one page in his logic workbook. Sometimes he thinks it is so much fun that he ends up doing ten pages.

Business Skills

It occurs to me that this should be its own section, as it is a major part of Anders's curriculum. Right now, we play Money Bags every day. In the past we have also played Monopoly. We recently read (again) all the Tuttle Twins Books, Who Is Bill Gates, Who Was Steve Jobs, Buy My Hats, Lemonade in Winter, Escape the Rat Race, Flicka, Ricka, Dicka Go to Market, Alexander, Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday, and Fisherman's Catch. In the past we read: Who Was Milton Hershey, Who is Richard Bronson, Diddle Daddle Ducking, Pelle's New Suit, and How and Economy Grows and Why It Doesn't.

Anders also goes to work with his dad once a week or so for two to six hours. Tom also takes Anders on special "business dates," in which they meet an important lawyer or car dealer.

I talk about gold, silver, dollars, and cordobas with Anders and we have been to a coin store where Anders bought himself some pieces of silver. For the solstice this year, Anders decided to forgo getting sweets in his stocking so he could have another silver coin.

Games

Anders's favorite game is still memory, though he loves any game anyone wants to play, especially games that involve running like hide and seek and tag.

Social Skills

Anders thinks that calling people names is the funniest thing ever, so funny that he shrieks. What is funny to me is what he thinks is funny to call people: a hammer, a nail, a window, a block of cement, rice, beans, milk, an ant, a chicken, a dog, a pig. I assume his brain is learning metaphors.

We had a family visit us at the farm for a week. They had a five year old boy who was our guest. They boys butted heads a lot at first, but after a few days they learned how to get along and became quite good friends with almost no squabbles.

I don't really have anything else interesting to note. Anders seems quite competent, outgoing, friendly, bossy at times and kind at times, and struggles with things other five-year-olds struggle with.

Fantasy

Anders pretends: that he is on his way to an airport and might be late, that he is riding on Air Force One with the president, that he is a Jedi and has to protect his property from thieves, that he owns a farm, and that he has invented a new weapon that makes him super powerful. He has an endless fantasy life and is always playing games and talking to himself. He can entertain himself for hours at a time. On our recent long travel day from the farm to Los Angeles, he never asked for the iPad, he was too involved in the world around him and the game he was playing with his Legos.

The other mom that was visiting marveled at Anders's ability to entertain himself.

Eating & Nutrition

We read The Adventures of Andrew Price and I still talk to Anders regularly about why I make the food choices I do. I also told him that our taste buds are largely habit based, liking anything they have tasted twenty times. I asked him if he would start tasting various healthy foods and he happily complied. He generally announces that he loves something new after only the second or third taste. Many times he likes things the first time.

There is no force here. If he says he doesn't want to taste something I say, "Okay, maybe next time." or I argue with him, "But Anders, carrots have vitamin A in them which is so good for your eyes!" Generally any argument works and Anders decides to taste whatever it is I was offering.

Because Anders has been raised on real food (as opposed to processed food), if he eats too much processed food he will throw it up. I was reminded of this recently when he was served goldfish at a friend's house (and vomited them up the minute he got home).

Interests

One day I saw two fire trucks. Anders saw them at the same time and said, "Look mom! A ladder truck and a pump truck." I looked at the trucks and noticed that yes, one did have a ladder on it, and the other, well, let's be honest, they all just look like firetrucks to me.

Anders is interested in Star Wars because other boys are. He is also very interested in war, weapons, money, and Donald Trump. He continues to be interested in being stronger and finding a partner.

Average day at the farm:

6:00am Wake, do Kumon
6:30am Have breakfast as fast as possible, run off to play
8:00am-12:00pm Work with German or Erick or Elieser, weeding, trimming trees, stacking fire wood, digging swales, or do cooking project with Emelia
12:00pm lunch
12:30pm Play with friends, swim, run around, play Legos
5:00pm dinner
5:30pm get ready for bed, admire the stars
6:00pm get in bead, do Hooked on Phonics, play games with Mom, read
7:30pm sleep







Saturday, February 11, 2017

A Different Way to Think About Death

I've been reading book about death for a while, wanting to grasp the psychology of it, wanting to know more about my own future. One thing that struck me is that those who care for the dying say they need two things above all: permission to die and company while they do so. In our society today we are terrible at meeting that first need.

What do we do when we see a dying creature?

In some times and places compassion for a dying animal meant giving it a quicker death. Now it means fixing it, at all costs, and caring for it, if necessary, for the rest of its life. Now it means prolonging its death for as long as possible. And if it is dying and there is nothing we can do, lying about it.

What we are doing, that we claim to do in the name of compassion, is not compassion. It is avoidance of pain and fear of death.

We, the living, don't want to confront death. We would rather the burden of carrying a dying creature for fifty years than a week at his bedside holding his hand while he dies. Yet that is what the dying need, I have read. Not to be our burden. No one wants to be a burden.

We know this, deep down, that no one will accept burden status, so we lie to them. We tell stories to make them feel entitled to being burdens; we play a dishonest psychological game with ourselves pretending that they are not burdens, that it is meaningful to carry them, that good people are genuinely happy to do so, that it is their right to be carried, that they deserve it, etc.

But this dishonesty is not kind because dying people need two things: our permission to die and company while they do so.

To turn them into a burden and then lie to them, telling them they are not a burden, is to deprive them of our permission to die.

More than denying them permission, it gives them the message that they are bad to die. It also deprives them of a possible meaningful death.

"Am I a burden to you?" What if they need to hear that they are? What if that is what will give them the strength to face what is perhaps the scariest thing a person will ever have to face? What if we said, "You are a burden to me, a heavy one. I am struggling under the weight of carrying you. But I will carry you, until you are ready to go."

The journey of death is the journey of acceptance. How can the dying find meaning in their death if we refuse to? What if their death could have meaning? What if instead of their death being a failure, it can be a gift they give those who survive them, a lightening of the burdens of the living?

The faceless society cannot bear the dying, individual people must. Because it is the desire to not burden those individuals that gives the dying the strength to go, that enables their death to be a gift. I would so much rather my death be a gift to those I love than a traumatizing event that causes them pain.

Not saying we should run around telling people to die. Not saying death will ever not be painful. But I would like to see a cultural shift in our attitudes about death and especially about choosing to die instead of live and the many times it is a highly rational choice. We treat death as such a tragedy, but it is the fate of each and every one of us. It is not a failure on the part of the dying person.

Someone wrote to ask me about my position on the elderly and here is what I have to say: In Tibetan Buddhism it is said that a person spends the first half of his life learning to live and the second half learning to die. The elderly are those in the final stages of learning to die. They should never be infantilized nor turned into burdens against their own wishes. Their death is natural and right and should not be prevented or prolonged, rather it should be treated as sacred, beautiful, and theirs.

The dying need two things from the living: permission to die and company while they do so. Most people die today, sadly, without the former. Like labor, the "no" instead of the "yes" can make the experience last much longer than it would have otherwise. Death can be dragged on for years if someone is given the message that their death will cause pain to others.

And the latter not everyone actually needs, just most people. I will want someone to hold my hand. But many people are so connected to their spirituality that they don't need anyone there. If that is the message an elderly person gives by choosing to stay in his own home alone, so be it. He doesn't want to be a burden. That is actually far more natural and right than convincing him he would not be a burden. He should be praised as heroic, honest, emotionally aware, brave, and generous. It is not sad to know that, no matter how much your family loves you, caring for you would be a burden for them – a burden they would bear, but a burden you don't wish them to bear. It is beautiful to refuse to be their burden, beautiful to give them that gift.

Perhaps this isn't a new way to think about death at all. I have read of hunter gatherer tribes in which the old were expected to get lost in the forest. That was how they died. No one offered to carry them. No one insisted the tribe go slower. Similarly, old vikings, when they saw that they were becoming burdens on the living, left to fight in a battle. They did it consciously, knowing they would not survive the fight. They said their goodbyes and then picked a cause to die for. Of course, their main cause was that gift they wanted to give their families. Because life was understood to be endless toil and death was understood to be rest, it was easy to talk about the burden of caring for the old. Contrast that with today, when we can't seem to have honest conversations about death at all.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Bibliography by Subject - READING RECOMMENDATIONS!

Here is a second version of my bibliography that will be more useful for reading recommendations.

*If you want to check out my for-myself reviews, go to GoodReads.com or click here.

*This list was last updated Jan 2017

KEY
Books in red are what I consider to be the most important books in each category.
Books in blue highly recommend.
Books in light blue I recommend with reservations or I recommend ,but they are just not as important as the books in the other blue or red.
Books in gray I have rated as 1-star for being incorrect, irrational or just bad.


ON MARRIAGE, COUPLEHOOD
Abraham, Laurie: The Husbands and Wives Club: A Year in the Life of a Couples Therapy Group
Branden, Nathaniel: Honoring the Self
Branden, Nathaniel: Taking Responsibility
Branden, Nathaniel: The Art of Living Consciously
Branden, Nathaniel: The Psychology of Romantic Love
Branden, Nathaniel: The Romantic Love Question and Answer Book
Christakis, Nicholas A.: Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How...
Coontz, Stephanie: Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy or How Love Conquered...
Crittenden, Ann: The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still...
Friedan, Betty: The Feminine Mystique
Glasser, William: Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom
Goleman, Daniel: Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships
Gray, Peter B.: Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior
Hendrix, Harville: Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples
Hastings, Anne Stirling: Create New Love: How Men and Women Can Prepare for a Lasting...
Kane, Ariel: How to Create a Magical Relationship: The 3 Simple Ideas that Will...
Levine, Amir: Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment
Masters, William H. and Virginia E. Johnson: Heterosexuality
Parker-Pope: Tara: For Better: The Science of a Good Marriage
Perel, Ester: Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic + the Domestic
Rosenberg, Marshall B.: Non-Violent Communication
 Wallace, Carol: All Dressed in White: The Irresistible Rise of the American Wedding
Ted Talks
Stefana Broadbent: How the Internet Enables Intimacy 
Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability 
Cindy Gallop: Make Love, Not Porn 
Dan Dennett: Cute, Sexy, Sweet, Funny 
Alice Dreger: Is Anatomy Destiny? 
Helen Fisher: Why We Love and Cheat
Caroline Heldman: The Sexy Lie (tedx talk)
Mary Roach: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Orgasm 


ON STARTING A FAMILY

Bombardieri, Merle: The Baby Decision: How to Make the Most Important Decision of Your...
Caplan, Bryan: Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work...
Engel, Beverly: The Parenthood Decision: Discovering Whether You Are Ready and Willing...
Maier, Corinne: No Kids: 40 Good Reasons Not to Have Children


ON MOTHERHOOD, WOMEN

Branden, Nathaniel: A Woman's Self-Esteem
Cable, Mary: The Little Darlings: A History of Child Rearing in America
Crittenden, Ann: The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still...
Fey, Tina: Bossypants
Friedan, Betty: The Feminine Mystique
Kornblut, Anne: Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and What it...
Rose, Elizabeth R.: A Mother's Job: The History of Day Care, 1890-1960
Waldman, Ayelet: Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and...


ON PREGNANCY, BIRTH
Cassidy, Tina: Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born
Gaskin, Ina May: Spiritual Midwifery
Mendelsohn, Robert S.: How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor
Morell, Sally Fallon: The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care
Murkoff, Heidi, Arlene Eisenberg, Sandee Hathaway: What to Expect When You're Expecting
Paul, Annie Murphy: Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives
Planck, Nina: Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and...
Price, Weston A.: Nutrition and Physical Degeneration: A Comparison of Primitive and...
Shettles, Landrum B: How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby: Fully Revised and Updated
Simkin, Penny, Janet Whalley, Ann Keppler: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn
Vincent, Peggy: Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife
documentaries
Pregnant in America
The Business of Being Born



BABY HEALTH, VACCINES
Curtis, Glade B.: Your Baby's First Year: Week by Week
Mendelsohn, Robert S.: How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor
Morell, Sally Fallon: The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care
Sears, Robert: The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child
Simkin, Penny, Janet Whalley, Ann Keppler: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn
Murkoff, Heidi, Arlene Eisenberg, Sandee Hathaway: What to Expect When You're Expecting
documentaries
The Greater Good
Vaxxed


BABY SLEEP

Curtis, Glade B.: Your Baby's First Year: Week by Week
Ferber, Richard: Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems
Gerber, Magda: Caring for Infants with Respect
Gerber, Magda: Your Self-Confident Baby: How to Encourage Your Child's Natural Abilities...
Karp, Harvey: The Happiest Baby on the Block
Mindell, Jodi A.: Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents...
Pantley, Eliabeth: The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through...
Pikler, Emmi: Bulletin Number 14


NURSING, WEANING, EATING

Behan, Eileen: The Baby Food Bible: A Complete Guide to Feeding Your Child, from Infancy On
Curtis, Glade B.: Your Baby's First Year: Week by Week
Gerber, Magda: Caring for Infants with Respect
Haskvitz, Sylvia: Eat by Choice, Not by Habit
Morell, Sally Fallon: The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care
Nagel, Ramiel: Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition
Pikler, Emmi: Bulletin Number 14
Rapley, Gill: Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food
Roth, Geneen: Women, Food and God
Satter, Ellyn: Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense, Revised and Updated Edition
Satter, Ellyn: How to Get Your Kid to Eat: But Not Too Much
Simkin, Penny, Janet Whalley, Ann Keppler: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn



POTTY TRAINING
Bauer, Ingrid: Diaper Free
Boucke, Laurie: Infant Potty Basics: With of Without Diapers the Natural Way
Gross-Loh, Christine: The Diaper-Free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative
Lekovic, Jill M.: Diaper Free Before 3: The Healthier Way to Toilet Train and Help...


TEENS

Cohen-Sandler, Roni: Stressed-Out Girls: Helping Them Thrive in the Age of Pressure
Epstein, Robert: The Case Against Adolescence 
Faber, Adele: How to Talk so Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk
Glasser, William: Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom
Holt, John: Escape From Childhood
Levine, Judith: Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex
Petten, Vanessa Van: You're Grounded!: How to Stop Fighting and Make the Teenage Years Easier
Simmons, Rachel: The Curse of the Good Girl...
Silverstein, Olga: The Courage to Raise Good Men


CHILD PSYCHOLOGY, DEVELOPMENT, PARENTING
Ames, Louise Bates: Your One-Year-Old: The Fun-Loving, Fussy 12-to24-Month-Old
Ames, Louise Bates: Your Two-Year-Old: Terrible or Tender
Ames, Louise Bates: Your Three-Year-Old: Friend or Enemy
Ames, Louise Bates: Your Four-Year-Old: Wild and Wonderful
Ames, Louise Bates: Your Five-Year-Old: Sunny and Serene
Ames, Louise Bates: Your Six-Year-Old: Loving and Defiant
Ames, Louise Bates: Your Seven-Year-Old: Life in a Minor Key
Ames, Louise Bates: Your Eight-Year-Old: Lively and Outgoing
Bell-Villada, Gene H.: Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads...
Bettelheim, Bruno: The Uses of Enchantment
Brock, Barbara: Living Outside the Box
Bronson, Po: NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children
Brown, Brené: The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: Raising Children with Courage, Compassion...
Cable, Mary: The Little Darlings: A History of Child Rearing in America
Caplan, Bryan: Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work...
Caplan, Frank: The Second Twelve Months of Life: Your Baby's Growth Month By Month
Cartmell, Todd: Keep the Siblings Lose the Rivalry: 10 Steps to Turn Your Kids into Teammates
Chua, Amy: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Cohen-Sandler, Roni: Stressed-Out Girls: Helping Them Thrive in the Age of Pressure
Coulter, Dee Joy: Original Mind: Uncovering Your Natural Brilliance
Crowther, Ruth: Manly Manners
Curtis, Glade B.: Your Baby's First Year: Week by Week
DeMause, Lloyd: The History of Childhood: The Untold Story of Child Abuse
Dobson, James C.: The New Strong-Willed Child
Druckerman, Pamela: Brining Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of...
Epstein, Robert: The Case Against Adolescence 
Faber, Adele: How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
Faber, Adele: How to Talk so Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk
Faber, Adele: Liberated Parents, Liberated Children
Faber, Adele and Elaine Mazlish: Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live...
Fine, Cordelia: Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism...
Friedan, Betty: The Feminine Mystique
Fromberg, Doris Pronin: Play from Birth to Twelve: Contexts, Perspectives, and Meanings
Frost, Jo: Jo Frost's Confident Baby Care: What You Need to Know the First year...
Galinsky, Ellen: Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs
Gerber, Magda: Caring for Infants with Respect
Gerber, Magda: Your Self-Confident Baby: How to Encourage Your Child's Natural...
Gerber, Magda (edited by): The Resources for Infant Educarers
Ginott, Haim: Between Parent and Child: The Bestselling Classic that Revolutionized...
Glasser, William: Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom
Gopnik, Alison: The Philosophical Baby: What Children's Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love...
Gopnik, Alison: The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tell Us About the Mind
Hart, Sara: Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids: 7 Keys to Turn Family Conflict into Cooperation
Hausner, Lee: Children of Paradise: Successful Parenting for Prosperous Families
Hendrix, Harville: Giving the Love that Heals: A Guide for Parents
Herrnstein, Richard J.: The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life
Hewlett, Barry: Hunter-Gatherer Childhoods: Evolutionary, Developmental...
Hogg, Tracy: Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with...
Hogg, Tracy: Secrets of the Baby Whisperer for Toddlers
Holt, John: Escape From Childhood: The Needs and Rights of Children
Holt, John: How Children Learn
Karp, Harvey: The Happiest Baby on the Block
Karp, Harvey: The Happiest Toddler on the Block
Katch, Jane: Under Deadman's Skin: Discovering the Meaning of Children's Violent Play
Katie, Byron: Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life
Kendall, Frances: Super Parents, Super Children
Kevill-Davies, Sally: Yesterday's Children: The Antiques And History Of Childcare
Kohlberg, Lawrence: The Philosophy of Moral Development: Moral Stages and the Idea of Justice
Kohn, Alfie: Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise...
Kohn, Alfie: Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and...
Korczak, Janusz: When I Am Little Again and the Child's Right to Respect
Kream, Rue, Parenting a Free Child: An Unschooled Life
Kuroyanagi, Tetsuko: Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window
Kusserow, Adrie: American Individualisms: Child Rearing and Social Class in Three...
Lawlis, Frank: The IQ Answer: Maximizing Your Child's Potential
Leo, Pam: Connection Parenting: Parenting Through Connection Instead of Coercion...
Levine, Judith: Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex
Levine, Madeline: The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage...
Lewis, Charlie: Children's Early Understanding of Mind: Origins and Development
LLewellyn, Grace: Real Lives: Eleven Teenagers Who Don't Go to School Tell Their Own Stories
Liedloff, Jean: The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost
Lillard, Angeline Stoll: Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius
Lillard, Paula Polk: Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three
Lythcott-Haims, Julie: How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and...
Markham, Laura: Peaceful Parents, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting
Miller, Alice: Prisoners of Childhood
Montessori, Maria: Education for a New World
Montessori, Maria: The Child in the Family
Montessori, Maria: The Secret of Childhood
Morele, Anny: Children Have Rights
Neill, A.S.: Summerhill School: A New View of Childhood
Nelsen, Jane: Positive Discipline: The First Three Years: From Infant to Toddler...
Paley, Vivian Gussin: A Child's Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play
Palmer, David: Parents' Guide to IQ Testing and Gifted Education: All You Need to Know...
Peters, Ruth: Overcoming Underachieving: A Simple Plan to Boost Your Kids' Grades...
Petten, Vanessa Van: You're Grounded!: How to Stop Fighting and Make the Teenage Years Easier
Phelan, Thomas 1.: 1-2-3 Magic
Pikler, Emmi: Bulletin Number 14
Ripley, Amanda: The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way
Rosenberg, Marshall B.: Raising Children Compassionately
Shumaker, Heather: It's Okay NOT to Share
Silverstein, Olga: The Courage to Raise Good Men
Simmons, Rachel: The Curse of the Good Girl...
Skenazy, Lenore: Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without...
Solter, Aletha Jauch: Tears and Tantrums: What to Do When Babies and Children Cry
Stallman, David: Harmony in the House: A Family Values Model
Steiner, Rudolf: The Kingdom of Childhood
Teich, Jessica: Trees Make the Best Mobiles: Simple Ways to Raise Your Child in a Complex...
Thompson, Rebecca: Consciously Parenting: What it Really Takes to Raise Emotionally...
Tobin, Joseph: Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited: China, Japan, and the United States
Whiteley, Michael D.: Bright Minds, Poor Grades: Understanding and Motivating Your...
Willis, Thayer Cheatham: Navigating the Dark Side of Wealth: A Life Guide for Inheritors
Zande, Irene Van Der: 1, 2, 3... the Toddler Years: A Practical Guide for Parents...
documentaries
Babies
On Their Own With Our Help (RIE)
See How They Move (RIE)
See How They Play (RIE)
Seeing Infants With New Eyes (RIE)
The Baby Human 1
The Baby Human 2


EDUCATION
Bauer, Susan Wise: The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home
Brock, Barbara: Living Outside the Box
Bronson, Po: NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children
Collins, Marva: Marva Collins' Way
Collins, Skyler J.: Everything Voluntary: From Politics to Parenting
Coulter, Dee Joy: Original Mind: Uncovering Your Natural Brilliance
Counts, George S.: Dare the School Build a New Social Order
Engelmann, Siegfried: Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Gatto, John Taylor: The Underground History of American Education
Gediman, Corinne L.: Brainfit: 10 Minutes a Day for a Sharper Mind and Memory
Hainstock, Elizabeth G.: Teaching Montessori in the Home: The Preschool Years
Havelock, Ronald: The Change Agent's Guide to Innovation in Education
Herrnstein, Richard J.: The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life
Hofstadter, Richard: Anti-Intellectualism in American Life
Holt, John: Escape From Childhood
Holt, John: How Children Learn
Illich, Ivan: Deschooling Society
Iserbyt, Charlotte Thomson: The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America...
Kohlberg, Lawrence: The Philosophy of Moral Development: Moral Stages and the Idea of Justice
Kohn, Alfie: Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise...
Kream, Rue, Parenting a Free Child: An Unschooled Life
Lawlis, Frank: The IQ Answer: Maximizing Your Child's Potential
Lewis, Charlie: Children's Early Understanding of Mind: Origins and Development
Lillard, Angeline Stoll: Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius
Lillard, Paula Polk: Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three
Lionni, Paolo: Basics in Education 1: The Leipzig Connection
LLewellyn, Grace: Real Lives: Eleven Teenagers Who Don't Go to School Tell Their Own Stories
Martin, Dayna: Radical Unschooling: A Revolution Has Begin, Revised Edition 2
Montessori, Maria: Education for a New World
Montessori, Maria: The Child in the Family
Montessori, Maria: The Secret of Childhood
Neill, A.S.: Summerhill School: A New View of Childhood
Palmer, David: Parents' Guide to IQ Testing and Gifted Education: All You Need to Know...
Paul, Ron: The School Revolution: A New Answer for Our Broken Education System
Peikoff, Leonard: Teaching Johnny to Think
Perlmutter, David: Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten: Raise IQ Up to 30 Points and...
Peters, Ruth: Overcoming Underachieving: A Simple Plan to Boost Your Kids' Grades...
Pitamic, Maja: Child's Play: Montessori Games and Activities for Your Baby and Toddler
Pulliam, John D: The History and Social Foundations of American Education
Ripley, Amanda: The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way
Rand, Ayn: Comprachicos (essay)
Robinson, Ken: The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
Sigman, Aric: Remotely Controlled: How Television is Damaging Our Lives
Steinberg, Jacques: The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College
Steiner, Rudolf: The Kingdom of Childhood
Sowell, Thomas: Intellectuals and Society
Tobin, Joseph: Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited: China, Japan, and the United States
Whiteley, Michael D.: Bright Minds, Poor Grades: Understanding and Motivating Your...
documentaries & Ted Talks
Ken Robinson Says Schools Kill Creativity
Kiran Sethi: Kids, Take Charge
Sugata Mitra: Kids Can Teach Themselves
Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud


FANTASY, STORY-TELLING, THEORY OF MIND
Bettelheim, Bruno: The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales
Boghossian, Paul: Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism
Campbell, Joeseph: Myth and the Individual (lecture series)
Campbell, Joeseph: The Hero With a Thousand Faces 
Campbell, Joeseph: The Power of Myth
Coulter, Dee Joy: Original Mind: Uncovering Your Natural Brilliance
Fromberg, Doris Pronin: Play from Birth to Twelve: Contexts, Perspectives, and Meanings
Gottschall, Jonathan: The Literary Animal: The Evolution and the Nature of Narrative
Hagen, Uta: A Challenge for the Actor
Katch, Jane: Under Deadman's Skin: Discovering the Meaning of Children's Violent Play
Kohlberg, Lawrence: The Philosophy of Moral Development: Moral Stages and the Idea of Justice
Lewis, Charlie: Children's Early Understanding of Mind: Origins and Development
Lillard, Angeline Stoll: Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius
Mann, Frederick, The Anatomy of Slavespeak
Marks, Dara: Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc
Montessori, Maria: Education for a New World
Montessori, Maria: The Child in the Family
Montessori, Maria: The Secret of Childhood
Paley, Vivian Gussin: A Child's Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play
Peikoff, Leonard: Teaching Johnny to Think
Rand, Ayn: Comprachicos (essay)
Rand, Ayn: Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology
Ripley, Amanda: The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way
Sainsbury, R.M.: Fiction and Fictionalism
Singer, Jerome L: Daydreaming and Fantasy
Smilansky, Sara: The Effects Of Sociodramatic Play On Disadvantaged Preschool Children 
Thomasson, Amie L., Fiction and Metaphysics
Tobin, Joseph: Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited: China, Japan, and the United States
Winnicott, D.W.: Playing and Reality
Žižek, Slavoj: The Plague of Fantasies
Zunshine, Lisa: Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel


IQ, HIGH IQ PSYCHOLOGY, GIFTED CHILDREN
Daniels, Susan: Living with Intensity
Aron, Elaine N. The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You
Aron, Elaine N. The Highly Sensitive Person in Love
Herrnstein, Richard J.: The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life
Lawlis, Frank: The IQ Answer: Maximizing Your Child's Potential
Miller, Alice: Prisoners of Childhood
Palmer, David: Parents' Guide to IQ Testing and Gifted Education: All You Need to Know...
Perlmutter, David: Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten: Raise IQ Up to 30 Points and...
Quinn, Karen: Testing for Kindergarten: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Ace the Tests...
Sowell, Thomas: Intellectuals and Society


PHYSICAL HEALTH, SCIENCE, NUTRITION
Balch, James F.: Prescription for Natural Cures
Balch, Phyllis A.: Prescription for Nutritional Healing
Behan, Eileen: The Baby Food Bible: A Complete Guide to Feeding Your Child, from Infancy On
Bennett, Connie and Stephen Sinatra: Sugar Shock!: How Sweets and Simple Carbs Can...
Blanc, Paul D.: How Everyday Products Make People Sick: Toxins at Home and in the Workplace
Blaylock, Russell L. and George R. Schwartz:  Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills 
Buhner, Stephen Harrod: Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation
Caldarelli, Guido: Networks: A Very Short Introduction
Campbell-McBride, Natasha: GAPS Stories
Cherniske, Stephen: Caffeine Blues: Wake Up to the Hidden Dangers of America's #1 Drug
Cordain, Loren: The Paleo Diet
Davis, William: Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
Dehaene, Stanislas: Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our...
Diamond, Harvey: Fit for Life
Fitzgerald, Randall: The Hundred-Year Lie: How Food and Medicine Are Destroying Your...
Francis, Richard C.: Epigenetics: The Ultimate Mystery of Inheritance
Fulder, Stephen: The Ginger Book: The Ultimate Home Remedy
Gayre, Robert: Brewing Mead: Wassail! In Masers of Mead: The Intriguing History of the...
Gokhale, Esther: 8 Steps to a Pain Free Back: Natural Posture Solutions for Pain in...
Gordain, Loren: The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Food You Were...
Grohman, Joann S.: Keeping a Family Cow: The Complete Guide for Home-Scale Holistic...
Grosvenor, Mary B.: Nutrition: From Science To Life
Guiliano, Mireille: French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure 
Stephen Gullo: Thin Tastes Better 
Haskvitz, Sylvia: Eat by Choice, Not by Habit
Hendel, Amy: Fat Families, Thin Families: How to Save Your Family
Hunter, Beatrice Trum: Probiotic Foods for Good Health
Inaba, Darryl S.: Uppers, Downers, All Arounders: Physical And Mental Effects Of...
Julien, Ronni: The Trans Fat Free Kitchen: Simple  Recipes, Shopping Guide and Restaurant Tips
Karr-Morse, Robin: Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease
Katz, Sandor Ellix: Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Cultured Foods
Loyd, Alexander: The Healing Code: 6 Minutes to Heal the Source of Your Health, Success, and...
Mendelsohn, Robert S.: How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor
Menzel, Peter: Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insects
Mintz, Sisney: Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History
Morell, Sally Fallon: Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically...
Morell, Sally Fallon: The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care
Nagel, Ramiel: Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition
Planck, Nina: Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and...
Pollan, Michael: Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Price, Weston A.: Nutrition and Physical Degeneration: A Comparison of Primitive and...
Rapley, Gill: Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food
Roth, Geneen: Women, Food and God
Salatin, Joel: Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front
Satter, Ellyn: Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense, Revised and Updated Edition
Satter, Ellyn: How to Get Your Kid to Eat: But Not Too Much
Sawyer, Thea: Put Your Back at Ease: Secrets of Pain-Free Posture for Health, Energy and...
Schlosser, Eric: Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Schmid, Ron: The Untold Story of Milk
Schramm, Ken: The Complete Meadmaker: Home Production of Honey Wine from Your...
Sears, Robert: The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child
Singer, Katie: Honoring Our Cycles: A Natural Family Planning Workbook
Sisson, Mark: The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation...
Szasz, Thomas: The Medicalization of Everyday Life: Selected Essays
Szasz, Thomas: The Myth of Psychotherapy
Thomas, Pat: What's In This Stuff?
Thusius, Angelika: Kentro Body Balance: The Secret Pleasures of Posture
Tannahill, Reay: Food in History 
Trudeau, Kevin: Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You to Know About
documentaries
An Inconvenient Truth
Bigger, Stronger, Faster
Dying to Have Known
Food, Inc.
Forks Over Knives
Frontline: Sick Around America
Frontline: Sick Around the World
Frontline: The Medicated Child
Frontline: The Vaccine War
Inside the Living Body
Killer at Large: Why Obesity is America's Greatest Threat
King Corn
Kings of Pastry
March of the Penguins
No Impact Man
Orgasm, Inc.
Our Daily Bread
Sicko
Stress: Portrait of a Killer
Super Size Me
The Future of Food
The Science of Sex Appeal
What the Bleep Do We Know?


SOCIAL CLASS, MONEY

Bodnar, Janet: Raising Money Smart Kids: What They Need to Know About Money and How...
Fussell, Paul: Class: A Guide Through the American Status System
Godfrey, Joline: Raising Financially Fit Kids
Hausner, Lee: Children of Paradise: Successful Parenting for Prosperous Families
Herrnstein, Richard J.: The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life
Jensen, Barbara: Reading Classes
Kiyosaki, Robert T: Rich Dad's Escape from the Rat Race: How to Become a Rich Kid by...
Kusserow, Adrie: American Individualisms: Child Rearing and Social Class in Three...
Levine, Madeline: The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage...
Riahi-Belkaoui, Ahmed: Social Status Matters
Tennant, Christopher: The Official Filthy Rich Handbook
Thorndike Jr., Joseph J.: The Very Rich: A History of Wealth
Willis, Thayer Cheatham: Navigating the Dark Side of Wealth: A Life Guide for Inheritors
documentaries
Born Rich: The Children of the Insanely Wealthy


ON FAMILY, DYNASTIES, TRADITIONS

Aries, Philippe: Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life
Bladridge, Letitia: New Manners for New Times: A Complete Guide to Etiquette
Bonner, Bill: Family Fortunes: How to Build Family Wealth and Hold on to It for 100 Years
Campbell, Joeseph: The Power of Myth
Clark, Gregory: The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility
Friedan, Betty: The Feminine Mystique
Fussell, Paul: Class: A Guide Through the American Status System
Hughes Jr., James E.: Family: The Compact Among Generations
Morrison, Dorothy: Yule: A Celebration of Light and Warmth
Pfeffer, Wendy: The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
Rogers, Nicholas: Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night
Rose, Elizabeth R.: A Mother's Job: The History of Day Care, 1890-1960
Stearns, Peter N.: Childhood in World History
Thompson, Jennifer Trainer: The Joy of Family Traditions...
Thorndike Jr., Joseph J.: The Very Rich: A History of Wealth
Wallace, Carol: All Dressed in White: The Irresistible Rise of the American Wedding
Willis, Thayer Cheatham: Navigating the Dark Side of Wealth: A Life Guide for Inheritors
documentaries
Born Rich: The Children of the Insanely Wealthy


ADULT PSYCHOLOGY, PHILOSOPHY, RELIGION
Abraham, Laurie: The Husbands and Wives Club: A Year in the Life of a Couples Therapy Group
Alexander, Christopher: A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction
Alexander, Christopher: The Battle for the Life and Beauty of the Earth
Alexander, Christopher: The Phenomenon of Life
Alexander, Christopher: The Process of Creating Life
Allen, David: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity
Aries, Philippe: The Hour of Our Death
Aron, Elaine N. The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You
Aron, Elaine N. The Highly Sensitive Person in Love
Aurelius, Marcus: Meditations
Beattie, Melody: Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others...
Beeler, Todd: The 7 Hidden Secrets of Motivation: Unlocking the Genius Within
Berger, Arthur Asa: Blind Men and Elephants: Perspectives on Humor
Blanton, Brad: Radical Honesty: How to Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth
Boghossian, Paul: Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism
Boothman, Nicholas: How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less
Branden, Nathaniel: A Woman's Self-Esteem
Branden, Nathaniel: Honoring the Self
Branden, Nathaniel: Taking Responsibility
Branden, Nathaniel: My Years With Ayn Rand
Branden, Nathaniel: The Art of Living Consciously
Branden, Nathaniel: The Romantic Love Question and Answer Book
Branden, Nathaniel: The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
Branden, Nathaniel: The Vision Of Ayn Rand: The Basic Principles Of Objectivism
Brach, Tara: Radical Self-acceptance 
Brandt, Andrea: Mindful Anger: A Pathway to Emotional Freedom
Brock, Barbara: Living Outside the Box
Brodie, Richard: Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme
Brombert, Victor: Musings on Mortality: From Tolstoy to Primo Levi
Byrne, Rhonda: The Secret
Caldarelli, Guido: Networks: A Very Short Introduction
Calman, Susan: Cheer Up, Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate
Cameron, Julia: The Artist's Way
Cameron, Julia: Walking in this World
Campbell, Joeseph: Myth and the Individual (lecture series)
Campbell, Joeseph: The Hero With a Thousand Faces 
Campbell, Joeseph: The Power of Myth
Carabini, Louis E.: Inclined to Liberty: The Futile Attempt to Suppress the Human Spirit
Carnegie, Dale: How to Win Friends and Influence People
Christakis, Nicholas A.: Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How...
Cialdini, Robert B.: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
Clason, George S.: The Richest Man in Babylon
Coulter, Dee Joy: Original Mind: Uncovering Your Natural Brilliance
Covey, Stephen R.: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People 
Covey, Stephen R.: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit
Daniels, Susan: Living with Intensity
Dehaene, Stanislas: Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our...
Goleman, Daniel: Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
Goleman, Daniel: Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships
Dweck, Carol S.: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
Ferriss, Timothy: The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
Fine, Cordelia: Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism...
Foucault, Michel: The History of Sexuality 1: An Introduction
Frankl, Viktor E.: Man's Search for Meaning
Friedan, Betty: The Feminine Mystique
Glasser, William: Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom
Gordon, Mordechai: Humor, Laughter and Human Flourishing: A Philosophical Exploration...
Greene, Robert: The Art of Seduction 
Gray, Peter B.: Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior
Haskvitz, Sylvia: Eat by Choice, Not by Habit
Hastings, Anne Stirling: Healing Humanity: Life Without Shame
Hastings, Anne Stirling: Create New Love: How Men and Women Can Prepare for a Lasting...
Havelock, Ronald: The Change Agent's Guide to Innovation in Education
Hay, Louise L.: The Power Is Within You
Herrnstein, Richard J.: The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life
Hofstadter, Richard: Anti-Intellectualism in American Life
Hunter, Edward: Brainwashing
Kane, Ariel: How to Create a Magical Relationship: The 3 Simple Ideas that Will...
Karr-Morse, Robin: Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease
Katherine, Anne: Where to Draw the Line: How to Set Healthy Boundaries Every Day
Katie, Byron: Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life
Kelley, David: A Theory of Abstraction
Kelley, David: Myths About Ayn Rand
Kingston, Karen: Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui
Kohlberg, Lawrence: The Philosophy of Moral Development: Moral Stages and the Idea of Justice
Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth: Death: The final Stage of Growth
Kusher, Harold S.: Overcoming Life's Disappointments: Learning from Moses How to Cope with...
Kusher, Harold S.: When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Kusher, Harold S.: When All You've Ever Wanted Isn't Enough: The Search for a Life that...
Levine, Amir: Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment
Lindstrom, Martin: Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and...
Machiavelli, Niccolo: The Prince
Mann, Frederick, The Anatomy of Slavespeak
Masters, William H. and Virginia E. Johnson: Heterosexuality
Mayhew, Robert: Ayn Rand Answers: The Best of Her Q & A
McGonigal, Kelly: The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters...
McMahon, Darrin M.: Divine Fury: A History of Genius
McMahon, Darrin M.: Happiness: A History
Miller, Alice: Prisoners of Childhood
Neimeyer, Robert A.: Constructivism in Psychotherapy
Ortega y Gasset, Jose: The Revolt of the Masses
Patent, Arnold M.: You Can Have It All
Pausch, Randy: The Last Lecture
Pearson, Carol S.: The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By
Peck, M. Scott: The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values...
Plato: Apology
Quinn, Daniel: The Story of B (The 100 pages of philosophy at the end of this fiction book)
Rand, Ayn: Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology
Rand, Ayn: Philosophy: Who Needs It
Rand, Ayn: The Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution
Rand, Ayn: The Romantic Manifesto
Rand, Ayn: The Virtue of Selfishness
Riahi-Belkaoui, Ahmed: Social Status Matters
Robinett, Judy: How to Be a Power Connector: The 5 + 50 + 100 Rule for Turning Your...
Robinson, Bryan E.: Chained to the Desk: A Guidebook for Workaholics, Their Partners...
Robinson, Ken: The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
Rosenberg, Marshall B.: Non-Violent Communication
Rosenberg, Marshall B.: Speaking Peace: Connecting With Others Through Nonviolent...
Rothbard, Murray N.: For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto
Ruiz, Miguel: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
Sage: Carnelian: The Greatest Manifestation Principle in the World: The Missing Secret Behind...
Schopenhauer, Arthur: The Wisdom of Life
Schwartz, Barry: The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less
Seneca: On the Shortness of Life
Shames, Laurence: Not Fade Away: A Short Life Well Lived
Sowell, Thomas: Intellectuals and Society
Storr, Anthony: Freud: A Very Short Introduction
Szasz, Thomas: The Medicalization of Everyday Life: Selected Essays
Szasz, Thomas: The Myth of Psychotherapy
Taleb, Nassim Nicholas: Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
Thoreau, Henry David: Walden
Tolle, Eckhart: A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose 
Torres, Louis: What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand
Wade, Joel F.: Mastering Happiness: Ten Principles for Practicing a More Fulfilling Life
Winget, Larry: Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life: A Kick-Butt Approach to a Better Life 
Wu, Tim: The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads
documentaries
Stefana Broadbent: How the Internet Enables Intimacy (ted talk)
Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability (ted talk)
Cindy Gallop: Make Love, Not Porn (ted talk)
Dan Dennett: Cute, Sexy, Sweet, Funny (ted talk)
Alice Dreger: Is Anatomy Destiny? (ted talk)
Helen Fisher: Why We Love and Cheat (ted talk)
Rufus Griscom & Alisa Vokman: Let's Talk Parenting Taboos (ted talk)
Caroline Heldman: The Sexy Lie (tedx talk)
John Hodgman: Aliens, Love -- Where Are They? (ted talk)
Mary Roach: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Orgasm (ted talk)
Julia Sweeny Has 'The Talk' (ted talk)
The Science of Sex Appeal
Mechai Viravaidya: How Mr. Condom Made Thailand a Better Place (ted talk)
Paul Zak: Trust, Morality and Oxytocin (ted talk)
What the Bleep Do We Know

POLITICS, SOCIETY
Aries, Philippe: Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life
Bladridge, Letitia: New Manners for New Times: A Complete Guide to Etiquette
Booth, Michael: The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
Caldarelli, Guido: Networks: A Very Short Introduction
Campbell, Joeseph: Myth and the Individual (lecture series)
Campbell, Joeseph: The Hero With a Thousand Faces 
Campbell, Joeseph: The Power of Myth
Carabini, Louis E.: Inclined to Liberty: The Futile Attempt to Suppress the Human Spirit
Carnegie, Dale: How to Win Friends and Influence People
Christakis, Nicholas A.: Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How...
Collins, Skyler J.: Everything Voluntary: From Politics to Parenting
Diamond, Jared: Guns, Germs, and Steel
Diamond, Jared: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Foucault, Michel: Discipline and Punish
Fukuyama, Francis: The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French...
Fussell, Paul: Class: A Guide Through the American Status System
Gladwell, Malcom: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Greene, Robert: The 48 Laws of Power
Greene, Robert: The Art of Seduction 
Hewlett, Barry: Hunter-Gatherer Childhoods: Evolutionary, Developmental...
Jensen, Barbara: Reading Classes
Katie, Byron: Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life
Kelly, Dr. Robert L.The Lifeways of Hunter-Gatherers: The Foraging Spectrum
Kornblut, Anne: Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and What it...
Lander, Christian: Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions
Locke, John: A Letter Concerning Toleration: Humbly Submitted
Machiavelli, Niccolo: The Prince
Mann, Frederick, The Anatomy of Slavespeak
Maycock, Kendall: Switzerland Culture Smart: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
McKibben, Bill: Hope, Human, and Wild: True Stories of Living Lightly on the Earth
More, Thomas: Utopia
Ortega y Gasset, Jose: The Revolt of the Masses
Peikoff, Leonard: The DIM Hypothesis: Why the Lights of the West Are Going Out
Plato: Apology
Plato: Crito
Plato: Republic
Plato: The Trial and Death of Socrates
Roraff, Susan: Culture Shock! Chile
Rothbard, Murray N.: For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto
Schmidtz, David and Robert E. Goodin: Social Welfare and Individual Responsibility
Sowell, Thomas: Intellectuals and Society
Szasz, Thomas: The Medicalization of Everyday Life: Selected Essays
Szasz, Thomas: The Myth of Psychotherapy
Taleb, Nassim Nicholas: Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
Thoreau, Henry David: Walden
Thorndike Jr., Joseph J.: The very Rich: A History of Wealth
Thornton, Allen: Laws of the Jungle


HISTORY, ANTHROPOLOGY
Brown, Nancy Marie: The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman
Byock, Jesse L.: Viking Age Iceland
Cable, Mary: The Little Darlings: A History of Child Rearing in America
Campbell, Joeseph: The Hero With a Thousand Faces
Campbell, Joeseph: The Power of Myth
Cassidy, Tina: Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born
Clark, Gregory: The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility
Coontz, Stephanie: Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy or How Love Conquered...
Dando-Collins, Stephen: Tycoon's War: How Cornelius Vanderbilt Invaded a Country to...
DeMause, Lloyd: The History of Childhood: The Untold Story of Child Abuse
Diamond, Jared: Guns, Germs, and Steel
Diamond, Jared: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Foucault, Michel: Discipline and Punish
Foucault, Michel: The History of Sexuality 1: An Introduction
Fukuyama, Francis: The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French...
Gatto, John Taylor: The Underground History of American Education
Gayre, Robert: Brewing Mead: Wassail! In Masers of Mead: The Intriguing History of the...
Hewlett, Barry: Hunter-Gatherer Childhoods: Evolutionary, Developmental...
Hofstadter, Richard: Anti-Intellectualism in American Life
Iserbyt, Charlotte Thomson: The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America...
Dr. Robert L. Kelly: The Lifeways of Hunter-Gatherers: The Foraging Spectrum
Kevill-Davies, Sally: Yesterday's Children: The Antiques And History Of Childcare
Lee, Richard B.: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Hunters and Gatherers
Macaulay, David: Castle
McMahon, Darrin M.: Divine Fury: A History of Genius
McMahon, Darrin M.: Happiness: A History
Mintz, Sisney: Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History
Mintz, Steven: Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood
Ortega y Gasset, Jose: The Revolt of the Masses
Rose, Elizabeth R.: A Mother's Job: The History of Day Care, 1890-1960
Sloane, Eric: A Reverence for Wood
Sloane, Eric: Diary of an Early American Boy
Thorndike Jr., Joseph J.: The very Rich: A History of Wealth
Tobin, Joseph: Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited: China, Japan, and the United States
Tannahill, Reay: Food in History 
Trumble, Angus: A Brief History of the Smile 
documentaries
Busting Out (dir Tom Leykis)
Celtic Legends: Irish Legends
Celtic Legends: Scottish Legends
Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas (History Channel)
Dark Age England
Dog Town and Z Boys
Jones, Terry: Ancient World
Jones, Terry: Barbarians
Jones, Terry: Medieval Lives
Jones, Terry: The Story of 1
Mythos I, II, and III
Religion in the Viking Age (dir Hurstwic Thorlief)
Stonehenge Decoded
The 1900 House (series)
The Dark Ages
The Shape of the Soul: The Viking Mind and the Individual (Cornell University YouTube)
The Viking Age: The Story of Civilization
The Vikings (Nova)
Zeitgeist: The Movie


BIOGRAPHIES, AUTOBRIOGRAPHES

Branden, Nathaniel: My Years With Ayn Rand
Dando-Collins, Stephen: Tycoon's War: How Cornelius Vanderbilt Invaded a Country to...
Fey, Tina: Bossypants
Moorjani, Anita: Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing
Shames, Laurence: Not Fade Away: A Short Life Well Lived
Thoreau, Henry David: Walden
Vincent, Peggy: Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife
Waldman, Ayelet: Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and...



ECONOMICS, MONEY, BUSINESS, POLITICS, SOCIETY
Allen, David: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity
Bodnar, Janet: Raising Money Smart Kids: What They Need to Know About Money and How...
Bonner, Bill: Family Fortunes: How to Build Family Wealth and Hold on to It for 100 Years
Boothman, Nicholas: How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less
Campidonica, Anthony C.: Outsmarting the System: Lower Your Taxes...
Christakis, Nicholas A.: Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How...
Cialdini, Robert B.: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
Clark, Gregory: The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility
Clason, George S.: The Richest Man in Babylon
Collins, Skyler J.: Everything Voluntary: From Politics to Parenting
Dando-Collins, Stephen: Tycoon's War: How Cornelius Vanderbilt Invaded a Country to...
Dennis, Felix: How to Get Rich
Diamond, Jared: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Eker, T. Harv: Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth
Ferriss, Timothy: The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
Fey, Tina: Bossypants
Fussell, Paul: Class: A Guide Through the American Status System
Gladwell, Malcom: Outliers: The Story of Success
Gladwell, Malcom: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Godfrey, Joline: Raising Financially Fit Kids
Havelock, Ronald: The Change Agent's Guide to Innovation in Education
Herrnstein, Richard J.: The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life
Iserbyt, Charlotte Thomson: The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America...
Jensen, Barbara: Reading Classes
Dr. Robert L. Kelly: The Lifeways of Hunter-Gatherers: The Foraging Spectrum
Kiyosaki, Robert T: Rich Dad's Escape from the Rat Race: How to Become a Rich Kid by...
Kiyosaki, Robert T: Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Children About Money...
Kiyosaki, Robert T: Rich Dad, Poor Dad 2: Cash Flow Quadrant - Rich Dad's Guide to...
Kohlberg, Lawrence: The Philosophy of Moral Development: Moral Stages and the Idea of Justice
Lindstrom, Martin: Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and...
Luskin, Donald: I am John Galt: Today's Heroic Innovators Building the World...
Machiavelli, Niccolo: The Prince
Mann, Frederick, The Anatomy of Slavespeak
McKibben, Bill: Hope, Human, and Wild: True Stories of Living Lightly on the Earth
Orman, Suze: The Courage to Be Rich
Orman, Suze: The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke
Orman, Suze: Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny
Ortega y Gasset, Jose: The Revolt of the Masses
Owen, David: The First National Bank of Dad: The Best Way to Teach Kids About Money
Paul, Ron: Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
Robinett, Judy: How to Be a Power Connector: The 5 + 50 + 100 Rule for Turning Your...
Robinson, Bryan E.: Chained to the Desk: A Guidebook for Workaholics, Their Partners...
Rose, Larken: How to Be a Successful Tyrant: The Megalomaniac Manifesto
Rothbard, Murray N.: For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto
Salatin, Joel: Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front
Schiff, Irwin: How an Economy Grows and Why It Doesn't
Sowell, Thomas: Intellectuals and Society
Taleb, Nassim Nicholas: Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
Thorndike Jr., Joseph J.: The very Rich: A History of Wealth
Tracy, Brian: The 21 Success Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires: How to Achieve Financial...
documentaries
Bowling for Columbine
In Debt We Trust
Justice with Micheal Sandel (Harvard University via iTunes University lecture series)
Maxed Out
No Impact Man
Religulous
This Film Is Not Yet Rated


ART, OBJECTIVE BEAUTY, SELF-PRESENTATION, ARCHITECTURE
Alexander, Christopher: A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction
Alexander, Christopher: The Battle for the Life and Beauty of the Earth
Alexander, Christopher: The Phenomenon of Life
Alexander, Christopher: The Process of Creating Life
Begoun, Paula: Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me: A Unique Guide to Over...
Begoun, Paula: Don't Go Shopping for Hair-Care Products Without Me: Over 4,000...
Begoun, Paula: The Original Beauty Bible: Skin Care Facts for Ageless Beauty
Etcoff, Nancy: Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty
Hagen, Uta: A Challenge for the Actor
Halbreich, Betty: Secrets of a Fashion Therapist: What You Can Learn Behind the Dressing...
Johnson, Dr. June: You Look Great, But How Do You Sound?
Kingston, Karen: Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui
Olsen, Scot: The Golden Section: Nature's Greatest Secret
Pollan, Michael: A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder
Rand, Ayn: The Romantic Manifesto
Sloane, Eric: A Reverence for Wood
Torres, Louis: What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand


DEATH, MORTALITY

Aries, Philippe: The Hour of Our Death
Aurelius, Marcus: Meditations
Brombert, Victor: Musings on Mortality: From Tolstoy to Primo Levi
Campbell, Joeseph: The Hero With a Thousand Faces
Campbell, Joeseph: The Power of Myth
Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth: Death: The final Stage of Growth
Moorjani, Anita: Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing
Pausch, Randy: The Last Lecture
Rinpoche, Sogyal: The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Seneca: On the Shortness of Life


IMPORTANT FICTION
Allen, JP: Giraffe Juice: The Magic of Making Life Wonderful
Clavell, James: The Children's Story
Heinlein, Robert: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World
Orwell, George: Animal Farm
Rand, Ayn: Atlas Shrugged
Rand, Ayn: The Fountainhead
Rand, Ayn: The Night of January 16th
Rand, Ayn: Three Plays