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Adolescent Health

Talking to Adolescents

  • "How to Say It to Teens; Talking About the Most Important Topics of Their Lives" by Richard Heyman, EdD
  • "Beyond the Big Talk: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Teens" by Debra Haffner, MPH
  • "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk" by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • "Breaking the Code; Two Teens Reveal the Secrets to Better Parent-Child Communication" by Lara Fox and Hilary Frankel
  • "Am I Weird or Is This Normal?" by Marlin Potash, EdD. and Laura Potash Fruitman

Adolescent Development

  • "The What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Boys" By Lynda Madaras
  • "The What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Girls" By Lynda Madaras
  • "My Body, Myself, For Girls" By Lynda Madaras and Area Madaras
  • "My Body, Myself, For Boys" By Lynda Madaras and Area Madaras
  • "The Adolescent Journey" by Marsha Levy-Warren, PhD
  • "The Romance of Risk" by Lynn Ponton, MD
  • "The Sex Lives of Teenagers" by Lynn Ponton, MD

Adolescent Girls

  • "Reviving Ophelia; Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls" by Mary Pipher, PhD
  • "Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self" by Sara Shandler
  • "Ophelia’s Mom" by Nina Shandler, EdD
  • "Deal with It! A Whole New Approach to Your Body, Brain and Life as a gURL" by Esther Drill, Heather McDonald, and Rebecca Odes

Adolescent Boys

  • "Raising Cain" by Dan Kindlon, PhD and Michael Thompson, PhD
  • "Real Boys" by William Pollack, PhD


  • "The Complete Book of Food Counts" by Corinne Netzer
  • "The Complete Book of Vitamin and Mineral Counts" by Corinne Netzer
  • "The 90/10 Weight-Loss Plan" by Joy Bauer, RD
  • "'I’m Like So Fat!': Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices about Eating and Exercise in a Weight-Obsessed World" by Dianne Newmark-Sztainer, PhD
  • "Against the Grain: The Slightly Eccentric Guide to Living Well without Gluten or Wheat" by Jax Peters Lowell
  • "Food Rules" by Michael Pollan

Eating Disorders

  • "If Your Adolescent Has an Eating Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents" by B.Timothy Walsh, MD and V.L. Cameron
  • "Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends" by Michelle Siegel, PhD, Judith Brisman, PhD and Margot Weinshel, MSW
  • "When Your Child Has an Eating Disorder, A Step by Step Workbook for Parents and Other Caregivers" by Abigail Natenshan
  • "Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder" by James Lock, MD, PhD and Daniel Le Grange, PhD

For a large selection of other titles consult Gurze Books or 800-756-7533


  • "Letting Go; A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years" by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger
  • "The College Woman’s Handbook" by Rachel Dobkin and Shana Sippy


  • "The Price of Privilege; How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids" by Madeline Levine, PhD
  • "Too Much of a Good Thing" by Dan Kindlon, PhD
  • "The Young Athlete" by Jordan Metzl, MD
  • "Our Bodies, Ourselves: New Edition for a New Era" by the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective

Great Novels with Adolescent-Young Adult themes

  • "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay" by Michael Chabon
  • "The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz
  • "The Lover" by Marguerite Duras
  • "What is the What" by Dave Eggers
  • "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" by Dave Eggers (a memoir)
  • "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • "Everything is Illuminated" by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • "Snow Falling on Cedars" by David Gutterson
  • "A Moveable Feast" by Ernest Hemingway
  • "The World to Come" by Dara Horn
  • "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini
  • "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini
  • "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd
  • "The History of Love" by Nicole Kraus
  • "Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • "Unaccustomed Earth" by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • "The Boat" by Nam Le
  • "A Fine Balance" by Rohinton Mistry
  • "Midnight’s Children" by Salman Rushdie
  • "The Bridge of Sighs" by Richard Russo
  • "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger
  • "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi
  • "On Beauty" by Zadie Smith
  • "White Teeth" by Zadie Smith
  • "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak
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