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Suggested Reading

These books may be purchased via Amazon by clicking any of the images below, purchased elsewhere, or may be borrowed from your local library. 


Daughter Detox

Peg Streep unpacks her research about daughters who have been harmed in their relationship with their mother. The book is structured in a self-help format and includes useful information and strategies for healing. 

What Happened To You?

This book delivers key insights on what we need as human beings to heal. Without blaming, shaming, or judging, it encourages the reader to reflect on painful experiences and the impact they had on the psyche. 

My Mother My Self

This classic, research-based book was first published in the 1970s. Nancy Friday focuses on the unique & important relationship between a mother and daughter and hints at the concept of intergenerational transmission of trauma.

The Drama of the Gifted Child

This book, first published in 1997, looks at causes, types, & preventions of childhood trauma. The New York Magazine sang the author’s praises saying, “her examples are so vivid & so ordinary they touch the hurt child in us all.”

Necessary Losses

Judith Viorst eloquently addresses grief and the importance of processing loss in order to gain a truer sense of self. Drawing on research and experience, she offers guidance through grieving the loss of our mother’s protection, our younger selves, and some of our dreams.

Discovering the Inner Mother

This self-help book explores female growth and empowerment within a cultural, intergenerational, and patriarchal lens. Written in 2020, the author points out that everyone has a mother wound, and shares ideas for how to work with it.

Mother Hunger

The intention of this book is to help women break the cycle of negative patterns of behavior. While offering plenty of case vignettes, tools, and psychoeducation Kelly McDaniel traces the cycle back to the earliest relationship, with mother. 

Will I Ever Be Good Enough?

This engaging book focuses on the daughter’s experience of an abusive, absent, self-involved mother and how that plays out in their adult lives. The author includes helpful case vignettes from her own therapy practice, as well as guidance for the path to recovery. 

The Verbally Abusive Relationship

Verbal abuse is not always obvious, but it is felt and has a profound impact on the victim. This book’s focus is on helping you notice when verbal abuse occurs, what it represents, and how to respond safely and appropriately. 

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents

Written by a clinical psychologist, this book unveils the effects of being parented by parents that need parenting. The author exposes the destructive nature of emotionally immature parents, and offers suggestions for finding freedom from the pain, confusion, and disappointment. 


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