Best Books

Recommended Reading

by James Leonard Park

    An explanation of the philosophy behind these bibliographies
appears at the end.

    The major divisions of this collection of bibliographies
correspond to the major divisions of this website.


A. The History of Love—A Few Good Books

B. Love—Some Good Books

C. Bibliographies for several chapters of New Ways of Loving by James Park

(The numbers correspond to the chapters of NWL.)
1. Romantic Love—Best Critical Books
2. Authenticity Bibliography
3. Loving-in-Freedom Bibliography (more suggestions needed)
4. Loving without Needing Bibliography (more suggestions needed)
5. Jealousy—The Best Books
6. Multiple Loving Bibliography
7. The Sex-Script Hypothesis—The Best Supportive Books
8. Gender—The Best Books
9. The Decision to Have Children—The Best Books
10. Traditional Marriage—Best Critical Books
11. Relationship Journals (suggestions needed)
12. Choosing to Live in Separate Households (suggestions needed)
13. Loving in Existential Freedom
D. Relationship Contracts—The Best Books

E. First Books on Same-Sex Marriage


A. Sexology Bibliography

B. Variations of Sex and Gender—Best Books

C. Bibliographies for each chapter of James Park's book:

Variations of Sex & Gender:
Six Phenomena Frequently Confused
(The numbers correspond to the six chapters.)
1. Intersex Bibliography
2. Transsexualism—Several Interesting Books

3. Sex-Roles—The Best Books

4. Gender-Personality—The Best Books
5. Sexual Orientation—The Best Books
6. Cross-Dressing Bibliography
D. The Sex-Script Hypothesis—The Best Supportive Books

E. Sexual Exploitation by Professionals

F. Men's Studies Bibliography

G. Women's Studies Bibliography


A. Original Books of Existential Philosophy

B. The Best Books on Existentialism

C. Authenticity Bibliography

D. Existential Spirituality Bibliography

E. Existentialism and Christianity—Best Books

F. Meaning in Life Bibliography

G. Simplicity Bibliography


A. Unitarian Universalism Books

B. Science & Religion Bibliography

C. Existential Spirituality Bibliography

D. Terrorism and Religion


A. Existential Spirituality Bibliography

B. Best Books Critical of Paranormal and "New Age" Thinking

C. Religious and Psychological Cults—The Best Books

D. Existentialism and Christianity

E. Science & Religion Bibliography

F. Atheism Bibliography


A. Medical Ethics—Some Good Books 

B. Personhood Bibliography

C. Advance Directives for Medical Care—The Best Books

D. Books on Medical Futility


A. Death—The Best Books

B. Preparing for Death

C. Best Books on Terminal Care (from the Doctor's Point of View)

D. Books on Hospice Care

E. Terminal Medical Care from the Consumer's Point of View

F. Advance Directives for Medical CareThe Best Books

G. The Right-to-Die—Best Books

H. Books Opposing the Right-to-Die

I. Books on Life-Ending Decisions

J.  Safeguards for Life-Ending Decisions—Best Books

K. Definitions of Death

L. Books on Voluntary Death

M. First Books on Voluntary Death by Dehydration

N. Medical Methods of Choosing Death

O. Books on Helping Patients to Die

P. Suicide

Q. Books Describing Merciful Deaths

R. Is There Life After Death?—Best Books


A. Terrorism

    Terrorism in the Name of Religion

B. Global Warming

C. Immigration Reform

The philosophy behind these bibliographies

    The 60 bibliographies listed above
are the result of several years of reading.
They present review about 350 non-fiction books.
I have the luxury of spending about 20 hours a week
reading serious books.
Since the early 1980s,
I have been taking notes on the best books I have read.
I read about 100 books per year
—20% of which are good enough to warrant a review.

    I offer these bibliographies are a service to others readers.
You can save a lot of time
by beginning with the best books in any particular field.
I wish I had had such a guide to help me pick books to read.
And if anyone knows of any similar selection service,
I will be delighted to learn of it.
It could guild my reading for the rest of my life.
And I might create a link to such a service right here.

    The reviews included in the Bibliographies
make no pretense of being objective.
I offer my
subjective analysis and reactions to each book.
But I give enough basic information about the books
so that readers of these bibliographies
will be able to decide for themselves which books to read.

    I remain very open to further suggestions in all of these areas.
I have created bibliographies only in areas
where I feel competent to evaluate the books.
And, I only read books that interest me.
If your interests overlap with mine,
you will find some good books mentioned here
that you might not have found in any other way.

    I have decided to include my own books in these bibliographies,
since I write books in these areas
as well as read the works of other authors.
Further, I have decided to list my own books last in the bibliographies,
which are otherwise organized by quality, beginning with the best.

    I have chosen to organize the books by quality
in order to save time for busy readers.
If you have time to read only one book in a certain category,
read just the first one—or the first one you can find in the library.

    I have found alphabetical bibliographies almost useless.
So I encourage other creators of bibliographies
rank the books they recommend according to quality.
Many books contain bibliographies
listing all the other books the author consulted.
But most readers do not have time to read
what sometimes amounts to hundreds of books.
Thus, creators of bibliographies will do readers a great service
if they explain which are the best books in their opinions.

    (I have followed my own advice in creating the bibliographies
for the fourth, fifth, & sixth editions of my book on love:
New Ways of Loving: How Authenticity Transforms Relationships
In the printed book, you have somewhat shorter versions
of the bibliographies on love listed in Section 1. LOVE above.)

    In 2010, I decided to post all of my reviews on
There you will find them associated with each particular book.

    Finally, any such bibliographies are never complete,
since people keep writing new books in these areas.
I will continue to read as long as my eyes and mind work.
So, I welcome suggestions in all the areas of my interests,
as illustrated by these bibliographies.
My e-mail address is: James Park

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