Need to Read


Interested in more fascinating information?  Here’s a list of books to get you started.

“The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine”

Donna Jackson Nakazawa

A thrilling story of scientific detective work and medical potential that illuminates the newly understood role of microglia—an elusive type of brain cell that is vitally relevant to our everyday lives.


Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Daniel Amen

Your brain is involved in everything you do and managing and caring for it are important,
here are some guidelines (first of several books)

Descartes’ Error, Antonio Damasio
Wonderful discussion of how feeling and thinking are intertwined and both essential for
making good decisions

Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your  Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin and Endorphin Levels, Loretta Graziano Breuning, PhD

A look at our brain as a tool for survival as a mammal, discusses how the quartet of chemicals make us happy and why they come and go.  See our post on this book: Your brain and sparking motivation-even in isolation

Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeron”s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart,  James R. Doty, M.D.

Joy on Demand, Chade-Meng Tan

Describes easy and fun ways to meditate.

Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine, Candace Pert

Now You See It, Cathy Davidson
Science of attention and use in education and business

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness,  Richard Thayler and Cass Sunsein

How changing the environment makes change easier

The Alchemy of Love and Lust, Theresa L. Crenshaw, M.D.
Look out, your hormones are playing tricks on you-see what they are

The Biopsychology of Mood and Arousal, Robert E. Thayer

Not only does he explain that brief exercise improves mood, he also has a chart you can fill in to see when during the day you are most energetic and alert (see Maui has a Ball post)

The Biology of Violence, Debra Niehoff

This book got Peggy hooked on reading about the biology of emotion and the brain.

The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better, Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee

How beliefs based on past experience influence how you understand the world.

The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge
Recommend to anyone who has to overcome a limitation or make a change. See our post on this book: Brain Plasticity is not just for cats

The Emotional Brain, The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life, Joseph Le Doux
From an expert on fear and anxiety

The Female Brain, Louann Brizendine, M.D.

The Mating Mind, Geoffrey Miller
How evolution may have shaped art, literature, and love, fun to read

The Mind & The Brain, Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., Sharon Begley,

Neroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force

The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity – And Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race, Daniel Z. Lieberman MD, Michael E. Long, et al.

The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg

About how by using habits, you bypass willpower, which decreases as you use it. He discusses how to replace a bad habit.

The Science of Happiness: How Our Brains Make Us Happy-and What We Can Do to Get Happier, Stefan Klein, PhD

how the brain works to make you happy and how you can guide it to do so. See post on this book: Happiness Habits-My Brain Training

“The Serotonin Power Diet” 

 Judith J. Wurtman, PhD and Nina Frusztajer Marquis, MD

Great information on how serotonin is made by the brain and how to make sure you are eating so that happens. Not just for people on a diet. See post on this book: The Power of Serotonin

Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan

On meditation and emotional intelligence

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, John J. Ratey, M.D., and Eric Hagerman

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, Chip Heath and Dan Heath

A framework for making change, with great ideas

The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How. Daniel Coyle

Describes what it takes to become excellent, and how he learned about it.

The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal, Jared Diamond
On being human

“The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You and How to get Good at it” Kelly McGonigal

Makes a case for going after certain kinds of stress, and how stress and meaningful life are linked.See post about this book: The Upside of Stress

The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a TimeAlex Korb  See our post on this book:How to flip the switch–shame, guilyt and worry

“The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works and What You Can Do to Get More of It”,   by Kelly McGonegal, PhD

See post on this book: Book Look – Did You Know Your HEART RATE can influence WILLPOWER?

The Wisdom of Psychopaths – What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, Kevin Dutton 

See post on this book: Psychopaths r not us 

Wishcraft, Barbara Sher
On making career choices

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, Robert M. Sapolsky

Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping


Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment, Martin Seligman, 2002






And…becasue they are from US:

OUR LATEST, on Kindle

“Hack Your Way to Happiness”

 by Peggy Arndt and Judith Westerfield

Some people are born with “happy” brains. This book is for the rest of uswho want to feel happier and are impacted with the stress of daily living, plagued with pain of past events or worries about our future.

Click here for Kindle version on Amazonon

In hardback on Bookemon Click here

 “The REAL Tale of Little Red Riding Hood & the Wolf”

by Judith Westerfield

Think again if you thought you knew the story of Red Riding Hood and the wolf.  The REAL tale is bedtime story that guarantees your child falls asleep with a smile.  A fun re-imagined story that highlights the best of human and humane traits of Red Riding Hood, Grandma and of course, the wolf.

“The Pulling, Climbing, Falling Down Tale of Maui

and HIs Back Legs”

 by Peggy Arndt    

 If you’ve read the page “Maui’s Healing Tale” you know our blog was inspired by and dedicated to Peggy’s cat Maui who lived to show us the brain CAN be rewired and healing IS possible.  This is a children’s picture book that tells his tale.