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Nancy Pearl is a regular commentator about books on NPR'sMorning Edition and NPR affiliate stations KUOW in Seattle and KWGS in Tulsa.

Nancy Pearl Recommends Self-Help Books

Steve Scher and Nancy Pearl
KUOW Photo/Serene Careaga

What makes a good self-help book? Book commentator and author Nancy Pearl joins us to think about it. Her favorite is “The Dance of Anger” by Harriet Lerner. What's yours? Call us at 206.543.5869 or email

Also this hour: we speak with incoming with Port of Seattle Commission president Tom Albro and we'll talk education funding ahead of next week's state legislative session with Senator Steve Litzow.
Web Extra: Book Recommendations From Nancy Pearl And Our Audience
Nancy’s suggestions:

  • “The Dance of Anger“ by Harriet Goldhor Lerner
  •  “The Brief History of the Dead” by Kevin Brockmeier
  • “Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace” by D.T. Max
  • “The Anatomy of Hope” Jerome Groopman
  • “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking” by Susan Kane

Audience Suggestions:

  • “The Fall of Freddie the Leaf” by Leo F. Buscaglia
  • “The Art of Happiness” by Dalai Lama
  • “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” by Harold S. Kushner
  • “Insurrection” by Peter Rollins
  • “Hold Me Tight” by Sue Johnson
  • “Getting to Calm” by Laura S. Kastner and Jennifer Wyatt
  • “Happiness is an Inside Job” by Sylvia Boorstein
  • “Getting Past Your Past” by Francine Shapiro
  • “Living Nonviolent Communication” by Marshall B. Rosenberg
  • “Operating Instructions” by Anne Lamott
  • “The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog” by Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz
  • “How to Improve Your Marriage without Talking About It” by Patricia Love and Steven Stosny
  • “Why Do I Love These People?” By Po Pronson
  • “Nurture Shock” by Po Bronsen and Ashley Merryman
  • “The Secret Strength of Depression” by Frederic Flach and Peter Whybrow
  • “Anam Cara” by John O'Donohue
  •  “Children: The Challenge” by Rudolf Dreikurs
  • “I Will Never Leave You” By Hugh and Gayle Prather
  • “The Road Less Traveled” by Scott Peck
  • “Do One Thing Different: Ten Simple Ways to Change Your Life” by Bill O'Hanlon
  • “Meditations on Violence” by Rory Miller
  • “The Gifts of the Body” by Rebecca Brown
  • “Key to Yourself” By Venice Bloodworth
  • “Unconditional Parenting” By Alfie Kohn
  • “The Little Book of Kitchen Table Wisdom” by Rachel Naomi Remen
  • “Hand Wash Cold” by Karen Maezen Miller