Healing Library

The Gender Violence Services Coordinators offer a selection of books related to experiences of gender-based violence and harassment, its impact, and healing. University students (undergraduate, graduate, professional, and doctoral) and employees may borrow one book at a time on loan for a three-week period.

Books Available

Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Was Sexually Abused as a Child by Laura Davis (1991)

Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture—and What We Can Do About It by Kate Harding (2015) 

Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World by Jessica Valenti and Jaclyn Friedman (2020) 

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown (2019) 

Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski Ph.D. (2015) 

Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair by Sarah Schulman (2016) 

Dear Sister: Letters From Survivors of Sexual Violence by Lisa Factora-Borchers and Aishah Shahidah Simmons (2014)  

Healing Sex: A Mind-Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma by Staci Haines (2007) 

It Never Leaves You: Dating As A Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Audra Slavin (2022)

Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller (2019) 

Making Out Like a Virgin: Sex, Desire & Intimacy After Sexual Trauma by Catriona McHardy, Cathy Plourde, et al. (2016) 

milk and honey by rupi kaur (2018) 

No Happy Endings: A Memoir by Nora McInerny (2019) 

No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder (2020) 

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay (2018) 

Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive by Marc Brackett (2019)

Present, Not Perfect: A Journal for Slowing Down, Letting Go, and Loving Who You Are by Aimee Chase (2017) 

Queering Sexual Violence—Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement by Jennifer Patterson (2016) 

Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown (2017) 

Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti (2017) 

Shameless: A Case for Not Feeling Bad About Feeling Good (About Sex) by Nadia Bolz-Weber (2020) 

SHOUT by Laurie Halse Anderson (2020) 

Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus by Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan (2020) 

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. (2015) 

The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis (2008) 

The Little Book of Self-Care: 200 Ways to Refresh, Restore, and Rejuvenate by Adams Media (2017) 

The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help by Jackson Katz (2006) 

The One-Minute Gratitude Journal by Brenda Nathan (2016) 

The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Wendy Maltz (2012) 

The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love by bell hooks (2004) 

Things We Haven’t Said: Sexual Violence Survivors Speak Out by Erin Moulton (2018) 

Together: The Healing Power of Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World by Vivek H. Murthy, MD (2020) 

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence—From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith L. Herman (2015)  

Trauma Stewardship: An Everday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky and Connie Burk (2009)

Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter A. Levine and Ann Frederick (1997)

We Believe You by Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino (2016) 

What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape by Sohaila Abdulali (2018) 

What You Really, Really Want by Jaclyn Friedman (2011)

Written on the Body: Letters from Trans and Non-Binary Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence by Lexie Bean (2018) 

Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti (2008) 

You Are Here: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds by Jenny Lawson (2017) 

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Book Suggestions?

Do you have a book you would like us to consider adding to our Healing Library? Or do you have a book you’d like to donate to our Healing Library? If so, please email [email protected] to let us know!

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