A good book can be invaluable in gaining a fresh perspective, learning new skills, and dealing with troubling issues. The books listed on the page are among those that I most frequently reccomend to my clients. They range from the simple how-to variety to more in-depth explorations of the subject. Clicking on a link will take you to the Amazon listing where you can find a description of the book and reader reviews, which are often helpful in deciding if a book fits your needs. A number of these books are available used at a substansial savings.

Note: These links are provided for your convinience. I do not receive revenue for any books you might purchase.

Relationship/Marriage Books


  • From Innocence to Entitlement: A Love and Logic Cure for the Tragedy of Entitlement, Jim Fay and Dawn Billings (2005), Love and Logic Press
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (1999), Harper Paperbacks
  • Parenting with Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility, Foster Cline and Jim Fay (1990), Love and Logic Press
  • Parenting Teens with Love and Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood, Foster Cline and Jim Fay (2006), NavPress Publishing
  • Postive Discipline: The Classic Guide for Parents and Teachers to Help Children Develop Self-Discipline, Responsibility, Cooperation, and Problem-Solving Skills, Jane Nelsen (2006) Balantine Books
  • Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson (2000), Ballantine Books
  • Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood, William Pollack (1999), Owl Books
  • Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, Mary Pipher (2005), Riverhead Trade
  • Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (2004), Harper Paperbacks
  • The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children, Ross Greene (2010), Harpercollins

Stepfamily Books

  • Becoming a Stepfamily: Patterns of Development in Remarried Families, Patricia Papernow (2003), Gestalt Press
  • Brave New Stepfamilies: Diverse Paths Toward Stepfamily Living, Susan D. Stewart (2007), Sage Publications
  • Stepcoupling: Creating and Sustaining a Strong Marriage in Today's Blended Family, Susan Wisdom and Jennifer Green (2002), Three Rivers Press
  • Stepfamilies: Love, Marriage, and Parenting in the First Decade, James Bray and John Kelly (1999), Broadway Books
  • Stepfamilies: Myths and Realities, Emily B. Visher and John S. Visher (1993), Citadel Press
  • Stepdads: Stories of Love, Hope, and Repair, William Marsiglio, (2004), Rowman and Littlefield Publishers
  • Stepfamily Realities: How to Overcome Difficulties and Have a Happy Family, Margaret Newman (1994), New Harbinger Publications
  • Stepparenting: The Best Resources to Help Blend Your Family, Patricia W. Stevens (1999), Resource Pathways
  • Stepparenting: Creating and Recreating Families in America Today, Stanley H. Cath and Moisy Shopper (2001), The Analytic Press
  • Strengthening Your Stepfamily, Elizabeth Einstein and Linda Albert (2006), Impact Publishers

Self Improvement

Divorce Books

Gerry Presar, MS, LMFT
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapist
11415 NE 128th Street, Suite 100
Kirkland, WA 98034
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