Sunday, January 11, 2009

What We're Reading in 2009

January 2009 (New Year's Resolutions and The Petty Tyrant):

Coel, Margaret. The Girl with Braided Hair (A Wind River Reservation Myste). New York:Berkeley/Penguin, 2007.

Edinger, Edward F. Anatomy of the Psyche: Alchemical Symbolism in Psychotherapy (Reality of the Psyche Series). Peru, IL: Open Court, 1991.

Walllace, Amy. The Sorcerer's Apprentice: My Life with Carlos Castaneda. Berkeley, CA: Frog Books, 2007.

More of what we're reading 2008

December 2008 (on Darkness and the Redemption of Light):

Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. New York: Random House, 2004.

Ahsen, Akhter. Illuminations on the path of Solomon. New York: Brandon House, 1994.

Yoors, Jan. Gypsies. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, Inc., 1987.

November 2008 (on Questioning):
Freud, Sigmund. Beyond the Pleasure Principle (Norton Library) (James Strachey, trans.) New York: Norton, 1961.

Hafiz. The Gift - Poems by Hafiz, the Great Sufi Master (Daniel Ladinsky, trans.) New York: Penguin, 1999.

Pauck, Wilhelm and Marion. Paul Tillich: His Life & Thought. New York: Harper, 1989.

October 2008 (on Death):
Castaneda, Carlos. Tales of Power. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1994.

Paz, Octavio. The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz, 1957-1987: Bilingual Edition. NY: New Directions, 1987.

Yalom, Irvin D. Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.

September 2008 (on Evil):
Hart, William. Evil: A Primer: A History of a Bad Idea from Beelzebub to Bin Laden. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2004.

Holloway, Richard. Doubts and Loves: What is Left of Christianity. New York: Cannongate, 2005.

McGahey, Robert. The Orphic Moment: Shaman to Poet-Thinker in Plato, Nietzsche, and Mallarme (S U N Y Series, Margins of Literature), Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1994.

Saturday, August 9, 2008


Bolte Taylor, Jill. My Stroke of Insight. New York: Viking, 2006.

Marcus, Gary. Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2008

Perera, Sylvia Brinton. Scapegoat Complex: Toward a Mythology of Shadow and Guilt. . New York: Inner City, 1986.


Castaneda, Carlos. Tales of Power New York: Washington Square Press, 1974.

Highwater, Jamake. The Mythology of Transgression. New York: Oxford, 1997.

McGaa, Ed. Nature's Way. San Francisco: Harpers, 2004.

Villoldo, Alberto. Mending the Past and Healing the Future with Soul Retrieval. .Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 2005.


Eigen, Michael. Toxic Nourishment London: Karnak Books, 1999.

Leonard, Linda Schierse. Witness to the Fire, Creativity and the Veil of Addiction. Boston: Shambhala, 1990.

Lockridge, Ross, Jr. Raintree County. Boston: Riverside Press, 1948.


Heinemann, F.H. Existentialism and the Human Predicament, New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1958.

(Other books on Existentialism and Psychology)

Hollis, James. OOn this Journey We Call Our Life: Living the Questions. Toronto: Inner City, 2003.

Seligman, Martin E.P. Authentic Happiness. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004.


Edinger, Edward. The Eternal Drama, The Inner Meaning of Greek Mythology. Boston: Shambhala, 1994

Le Guin, Ursula K. Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu. Boston: Shambhala, 1997.

Roustang, Francois. Dire Mastery, Discipleship from Freud to Lacan. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press,1976.

Williams, Donald Lee. Border Crossings. New York: Inner City Books, 1981.

Klein, Melanie. Envy and Gratitude & Other Works 1946-1963. London: Hogarth, 1975. (Note especially Chapter 10, "Envy and Gratitude"--perhaps Klein's greatest contribution to psychoanalytic theory. Be prepared for lots of jargon.)

Edinger, Edward F. Ego and Archetype, Individuation and the Religious Function of the Psyche. New York: Putnam, 1972.

Bradford, Sarah. Lucrezia Borgia. New York: Viking, 2004. History sometimes vindicates people much maligned in their own day.


Perrin, Pat and Coleman, Wim. The Jamais Vus Papers. New York: Harmony, 1991. (A novel in the spirit of not taking oneself too seriously.)

Lattimore, Richard, Translator. The Odyssey of Homer. New York: Harper, 1977. (The great Journey embedded in the Western psyche.)

Yalom, Irvin D. Staring at the Sun, Overcoming the Terror of Death. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008. (This book is discussed in Joan's Notes for March.)

Mindell, Arnold. Coma, A Key to Awakening. (A Jungian analyst offers a new direction in psychotherapy and in the study of near death experiences.)

Hillman, James. Insearch: Psychology and Religion, Vol. 2,, (Insearch has become one of the few enduring descriptions of Jungian therapy in its relation with religion.)

Gustafson, Fred R. Dancing Between Two Worlds, Jung and the Native American Soul. (In this thought-provoking and sensitive book, a noted Jungian scholar explores the deepest elements in the American psyche that need healing to bring forth the best in both of the worlds we walk in.)

Gardner, John.Grendel. (This amazing novel is the story of Beowulf retold from the viewpoint of the monster!)

Yalom, Irvin D. The Gift of Therapy. (This book is a gift. New practitioners will find a wealth of information, veteran practitioners will be reminded of the best parts of the profession.)