Books to Foster Self-acceptance in the New Year, over image of pine trees in the forest.

Books to Foster Self-Acceptance in the New Year


The perfection trap : embracing the power of good enough / Thomas Curran

A highly regarded professor of psychology at the London School of Economics, sharing contemporary evidence, explores how the pursuit of perfection can lead to burnout and depression and shows what we can do to resist the modern-day pressure to be perfect to led a more purposeful and contented life.

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The gifts of imperfection : let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are / Brené Brown, PhD, MSW

A guide to help readers embrace imperfection and vulnerability so they can live authentically; presents ten guideposts for wholehearted living.

Also available as an ebook through Libby/OverDrive.

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Already enough : a path to self-acceptance / Lisa Olivera

When Lisa Olivera was just a few hours old, she was abandoned behind a rock near Muir Woods in Northern California. She was found by a man and a woman who were out bird-watching with their toddler. Two days later, she was adopted. Growing up, she knew she was adopted. She later discovered she was abandoned. She often wondered about her birthmother, and why her birthmother abandoned her in the woods. Without any answers, Lisa came up with her own: she was not enough as she was. This story wasn’t true, but it made sense of a confusing experience. It allowed her to move forward–it felt like the only way. If you, like Lisa, have ever felt like you weren’t lovable, or you didn’t belong, or like you weren’t enough exactly as you are–you are telling yourself the wrong story.

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The self-talk workout : six science-backed strategies to dissolve self-criticism and transform the voice in your head / Rachel Goldsmith Turow

Based on years of experience working with hundreds of individuals, psychologist and mindfulness teacher Rachel Turow offers the “self-talk workout”-six science-backed exercises that can help you replace self-criticism with self-kindness.

Also available as an eaudiobook through hoopla.

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There is no right way to meditate / Yumi Sakugawa

From simple ways to get rid of a bad mood to instructions for making your intentions come true, her lessons will inspire you to become more aware of the present moment and find stillness no matter where you go.

Also available as an ebook through Libby/OverDrive.

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The good enough job : reclaiming life from work / Simone Stolzoff

Through provocative critique and deep reporting, Stolzoff punctures the myths that keep us chained to our jobs. By exposing the lies we–and our employers–tell about the value of our labor, The Good Enough Job makes the urgent case for reclaiming our lives in a world centered around work.

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You are not a before picture : how to finally make peace with your body, for good / Alex Light

We have been taught to view ourselves as a collection of ‘problem’ areas for which the billion-dollar diet industry holds the solutions. Step-by-step, You Are Not A Before Picture provides a framework for changing the way we view ourselves and the world around us.

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Yoke : my yoga of self-acceptance / Jessamyn Stanley

In Yoke, which draws its name from a literal translation of the Sanskrit root “yuj,” from which the word “yoga” derives, Jessamyn writes about what she calls the yoga of the everyday-a yoga that is not just about poses but about applying the hard lessons we learn on the mat to the even harder daily project of living.

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Being well with chronic illness : a guide to joy & resilience with your diagnosis / Kat Hill & Nancy Peate

Reclaim wellness through intention and self-discovery. Being well with chronic illness charts the course for a journey that supports finding hope and wholeness after an unexpected diagnosis. The intricacies of the wellness spiral lay out a road map to how we respond to life’s harshest challenges – and how we can rise above them.

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Good enough : a cookbook : embracing the joys of imperfection & practicing self-care in the kitchen / Leanne Brown

A generous mix of essays, stories and nearly 100 dazzling recipes, Good Enough is about self-compassion, and knowing it’s OK to have a cheese plate for dinner.


Over the top : a raw journey to self-love / Jonathan Van Ness

Over the Top uncovers the pain and passion it took to end up becoming the model of self-love and acceptance that Jonathan is today. In this revelatory, raw, and rambunctious memoir, Jonathan shares never-before-told secrets and reveals sides of himself that the public has never seen.

Also available as an ebook through Libby/OverDrive and an eaudiobook through hoopla.


More than enough : claiming space for who you are (no matter what they say) / Elaine Welteroth

Welteroth moves beyond the headlines and highlight reels to share the profound lessons and struggles of being a barrier-breaker across so many intersections. As a young boss and the only black woman in the room, she’s had enough of the world telling her–and all women–they’re not enough. As she learns to rely on herself by looking both inward and upward, we’re ultimately reminded that we’re more than enough.

Also available as an eaudiobook through Libby/OverDrive.

December, 2023 : AI