Book Recommendations – Ongoing

This page is for books I’ve read that I’m recommending for continuing education. They are related to pieces I’ve written in the past and I think they are worth the read. I will keep adding to this list so this page will be always evolving.

I’ve decided to organize this page in alphabetical order and some books may show up in more than 1 section if they fit multiple categories.


Race and Race Theory


Substance Use

  • Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs From Alcohol to Ecstasy, 4th edition” by Cynthia Kuhn, Wilke Wilson, and Scott Swartzwelder – This is a great book that lists each drug and/or category of drugs and breaks down drug terms, street names, how the high feels/how the drug effects the body and mind, overdose risks, dangerous drug combinations, any others risks for each drug, the history of each drug, addiction, and current drug laws.

  • Over the Influence: The Harm Reduction Guide to Controlling Your Drug and Alcohol Use, 2nd edition” by Patt Denning and Jeannie Little – This is a great book that explains what harm reduction is and how it can be an incredibly useful way of managing one’s substance use. The authors are a clinical psychologist and a licensed clinical social worker who have YEARS of experience working with people living with mental illness and substance use disorders. Their approach sees clients as experts in their own right who can be active participants in their own wellness.

  • Upper, Downers, All-Arounders: Physical and Mental Effects of Psychoactive Drugs, 8th edition” by Darryl S. Inaba and William E. Cohen – This is a pretty easy to read textbook that covers the effects that the many legal and illegal drugs have on our bodies and minds. They talk about the history of drug use, drug laws, and break down each drug according to how it works, it’s effects on the body and mind, and basic treatment info for substance use disorders.

Relationships (All Kinds: Family, Friends, Romantic, etc)

  • More Than Two – A guide written by Franklin Veaux and Eve Rickert (with an overview written by Janet W. Hardy) for people who are interested in exploring polyamory. This books includes definitions, explanations of polyam relationship structures and dynamics, personal stories and experiences, suggestions on how to begin exploring, discusses maintaining relationships, etc. This is a great book for deeper relationship on what kinds of relationships may work best for you.

  • Parenting with Love & Logic – A great intro book by for people interested in discipline alternatives to beating/shaming children. This book helps parents’ and children’s abilities to think critically about responsibilities and the consequences of behaviors. The book focuses on helping parents raise children who are able to think for themselves and build lasting relationships with their children into adulthood. The writers are white so there are areas where cultural competency might not be all there, but like I said, this is a great starting point.

  • The Ethical Slut, 3rd Edition – A book by Dossie Easten and Janet W. Hardy that is generally the 1st book referred to everyone getting into polyamory and other forms of non-monogamy and that’s for good reason. This book is great for dipping your toes into the waters of reflecting on your own relationships needs because it provides basic information, definitions, and personal stories as examples to help you start to figure out what’s right for you.


  • The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us From Violence – A book by Gavin de Becker about signs of danger to look for and protect your against violent behavior. What I like about this book is the emphasis on listening to yourself and developing more awareness of your environment and your reactions to people/situations. It falls in line with the special attention I give to mindfulness, self-reflection, boundaries, etc. in my clinical work.