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last updated 7/2/2015 7:30 PM CT

This page will serve as a list of books, websites, and guides for adult orphans–since I am deliberately parent-free rather than a foster child or orphan with deceased parents, the resources will be especially useful for people who share my experience.

Many of these tools can apply to anyone’s life, but I am open to suggestions!

The books listed here include Amazon and IndieBound links with my affiliate tag, a Goodreads link to add to your own reading list, and the WorldCat link for those who can’t afford to buy books.

Some book listings have additional notations. Amazon links with KU mean they are available for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. WorldCat links marked with I or UI are reminders for myself that they’re available at my own local libraries–however, even if a book is not available at your own library, you can usually request it as an inter-library loan.

Online

Raised by Narcisissts subreddit

  • RBN Post: things you need when moving out on your own
  • RBN Post: helpful links
  • RBN Post: information about contacting social services

Parentless by Choice subreddit

Homeless subreddit

  • Homeless Post: helpful info and tips for when you’re homeless

Psychology Today: series on adult children with narcisissist/asbusive parents

Job Corps: a housing and job training resource for low-income youth (under 24)

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Love Is Respect: a website supporting domestic and dating violence survivors

 

Books

Abuse & Childhood

Children of the Self-Absorbed by Nina Brown
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat I | Goodreads

Will I Ever Be Good Enough? by Karyl McBride
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat I | Goodreads

Toxic Parents by Susan Forward
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat I | Goodreads

Divorcing a Parent by Beverly Engel
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Running on Empty by Jonice Webb
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

It Wasn’t Your Fault by Beverly Engel
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat I | Goodreads

Outgrowing the Pain by Eliana Gil
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat I | Goodreads

If You Had Controlling Parents by Dan Neuharth
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat I | Goodreads

For Your Own Good by Alice Miller
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat I, UI | Goodreads

Walking on Eggshells by Jane Isay
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat I | Goodreads

Mean Mothers by Peg Streep
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

The Borderline Mom by Georgiana Wright
Amazon | Goodreads

Trapped in the Mirror by Elan Golomb
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat UI | Goodreads

An Adult Child’s Guide to What’s “Normal” by John Friel
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Cutting Loose by Howard Halpern
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Adult Children of Alcoholics by Janet Woititz
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat UI | Goodreads

Secrets of Your Family Tree by Dave Carder
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Adult Children: The Secrets of Dysfunctional Families by John Friel
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Necessary Endings by Henry Cloud
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat I | Goodreads

The Narcissistic Family by Stephanie Donaldson
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Soul Survivors by J. Patrick Gannon
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Mental Health & Emotional Wellness

The Assertiveness Workbook by Randy Paterson
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

I Thought it Was Just Me by Brene Brown
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat I | Goodreads

Rising Strong by Brene Brown
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving by Pete Walker
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

The Worrier’s Guide to Overcoming Procrastination by Kevin Gyoerkoe
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Disarming the Narcissist by Wendy Behary
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat I | Goodreads

Why is it Always About You? by Sandy Hotchkiss
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat I | Goodreads

I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me by Jerold Kreisman
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat I, UI | Goodreads

Emotional Blackmail by Donna Frazier
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Thoughts and Feelings by Matthew McKay
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Codependent No More by Melody Beattie
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Emotional Freedom by Judith Orloff
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Honor Your Anger by Beverly Engel
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

I Need Your Love–Is That True? by Byron Katie
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

The Divided Mind by John Sarno
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat I | Goodreads

The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat I, UI | Goodreads

The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat I | Goodreads

Feeling Good by David Burns
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat I, UI | Goodreads

Games People Play by Eric Berne
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat I, UI | Goodreads

Coping With Paranoia by Ali Starke
Amazon | Goodreads

Nasty People by Jay Carter
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

I’m OK, You’re OK by Thomas Harris
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat I | Goodreads

Productivity & Life Skills

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Microwave Cooking for One by Marie Smith
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

250 Best Meals in a Mug by Camilla Saulsbury
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

The Magic of Microwave Cooking by Cooking Penguin
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Microwave Meals like a Chef by River Burk
Amazon KU | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Mug Recipes by Kristina Newman
Amazon KU | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Not Your Mother’s Microwave Cooking by Beth Hensperger
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

125 Best Microwave Oven Recipes by Johanna Burkhard
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

The Minimalist Budget by Simeon Lindstrom
Amazon KU | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

How to Manage Your Money When You Don’t Have Any by Erik Wecks
Amazon KU | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

The One Week Budget by Tiffany Aliche
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Living on a Shoestring Budget by Barbara Steinhof
Amazon KU | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

A Frugal Life by Rhiana Jones
Amazon KU | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Somebody Should Have Told Us by Jack Pransky
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

 

Fiction & Memoirs

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat I | Goodreads

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Ugly by Constance Briscoe
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood by Julie Gregory
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Cheerleaders Can’t Afford to be Nice by Susan Sullivan Saiter
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Failure to Zigzag by Jane Vandenburgh
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Imaginary Crimes by Sheila Ballantyne
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Blueprints by Sara Vogan
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Her by Felicia Johnson
Amazon KU | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan
Amazon KU | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Girl in Need of a Tournequet by Merri Lisa Johnson
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

Loud in the House of Myself by Stacy Pershall
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

The Buddha and the Borderline by Kiera Van Gelder
Amazon | IndieBound | WorldCat | Goodreads

 


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