Recommended Reading 2022 – Dr. Flores’s Library

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A good book after a walk in Michigan autumn!


One of the joys of a Michigan autumn (after shuffling through leaves and looking at color) is to settle in with a lap blanket and a good book. For those in recovery, reading can be a distraction, an escape, and even a stress and anxiety reliever. Reading a good book about another person’s experience can give one perspective on their own life and make them feel a little less alone.


Sanford Behavioral Health’s Dr. Anna Flores shares her recommended reading list. Anna Flores is a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition specializing in eating disorder and co-occurring substance use disorder treatment at Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders.


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Dr. Anna Flores


Dr. Flores says, “My clinical approach is grounded in identifying and addressing root causes, as opposed to only providing a band-aid for symptoms. Entering a healing partnership with me means that you are seen, heard, and supported exactly as you are. And that we will work together in cultivating and nourishing a positive relationship with food.”


Recommended Reading 2022

Eating Disorder Reading List: 


Non-Fiction & Self-Help

  • Goodbye Ed, Hello Me, by Jenni Schaefer 
  • Life Without ED, by Jenni Schaefer 
  • 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder, by Carolyn Costin 
  • Eating in the Light of the Moon, by Anita Johnston 
  • Body Outlaws: Rewriting the rules of beauty and body image, by Orphia Edut 
  • Gaining: the truth about life after eating disorders, by Aimee Liu 
  • Unbearable Weight: feminism, western culture, and the body, by Susan Bordo 
  • The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk 
  • The Body is Not an Apology, by Sonya Renee Taylor 
  • The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown 
  • Rewire Your Brain: Think Your Way to a Better Life, by John B Arden 
  • A Hunger So Wide and So Deep: A multi-racial view of women’s eating problems, by Becky W. Thompson 



  • Not All Black Girls Know How To Eat, by Stephanie Covington Armstrong 
  • The Body Tourist, by Dana Lise Shavin 
  • Unbearable Lightness: A story of loss and gain, by Portia de Rossi 
  • Wasted: A memoir of anorexia and bulimia, by Marya Hornbacher 
  • Going Hungry: Writers on Desire, Self Denial, and Overcoming Anorexia, by Kate M. Taylor 
  • Please Eat: A mother’s struggle to free her teenage son from anorexia, by Bev Mattocks 
  • The Mean Disease: growing up in the shadow of my mother’s anorexia nervosa, by Daniel Becker 
  • Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a strange girl, by Stacy Pershall 
  • Hunger: A memoir of (my) body, by Roxane Gay 



  • Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur 
  • Home Body, by Rupi Kaur 
  • You Remind Me of You: A poetry memoir, by Eireann Corrigan 


Adolescent/Young Adult 

  • Things I’ll Never Say, edited by Anne Angel 
  • Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson 
  • Guts, by Raina Telgemeier 




Substance Use Disorder Reading List: 


Non-Fiction & Self-Help 

  • The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown 
  • Eating in the Light of the Moon, by Anita Johnston 
  • Never Enough – The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction, by Judith Grisel 
  • Rewire Your Brain: Think Your Way to a Better Life, by John B Arden 
  • Undoing Drugs (The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction), by Maia Szalavitz 
  • The Road Less Traveled, by Scott Peck 
  • Living Clean: The Journey Continues
  • Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction, by Noah Levine 
  • Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl 
  • A Woman’s Way Through the Twelve Steps, by Stephanie Covington 
  • Drop the Rock, by Bill P, Todd W., and Sara S.


  • Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget, by Sarah Hepola 
  • Drinking: A Love Story, by Caroline Knapp 
  • Terry: My Daughter’s Life-and-Death Struggle with Alcoholism, by George McGovern 
  • The Big Fix: Hope After Heroin, by Tracey Helton Mitchell 
  • In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction, by Gabor Maté
  • Cherry, by Nico Walker 
  • Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, by Ann Dowsett Johnston 
  • Quit Like a Woman, by Holly Whitaker 
  • The Unexpected Joys of Being Sober, by Katherine Gray 
  • Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions, by Russell Brand 
  • Unchain Your Brain, by Daniel G. Amen 
  • Dry, by Augusten Burroughs 
  • Drinking, by Caroline Knapp 
  • This Naked Mind, by Annie Grace 
  • The Sober Lush, by Amanda Eyre 
  • My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean, by Amy Dresner 
  • Girl Walks Out of a Bar, by Lisa F. Smith 
  • A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey 
  • Beautiful Boy, by David Sheff 
  • Drunk Mom, by Jowita Bydlowska 
  • The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself Self-Compassion, by Kristin Neff, PhD 



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