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Browse our library of books we love, which includes essential reading for understanding autoimmune disease (AD) and the body, chronic illness memoirs, practical guides, cookbooks, and children’s books, as well as other books of interest.
“Autoimmune Diseases and Their Environmental Triggers” by Elaine A. Moore
“The Autoimmune Epidemic: Bodies Gone Haywire in a World Out of Balance–and the Cutting-Edge Science that Promises Hope” by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
“Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic” by Peter H.R. Green and Rory Jones
“Celiac Disease and Gluten: Multidisciplinary Challenges and Opportunities” by Peter Koehler, Herbert Wieser, and Katharina Konitzer
“An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives” by Matt Richtel
“An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases” by Moises Velasquez-Manoff
“Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal” by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
“The Circadian Code: Lose Weight, Supercharge Your Energy, and Transform Your Health from Morning to Midnight” by Satchin Panda
“Do You Believe in Magic? Vitamins, Supplements, and All Things Natural: A Look Behind the Curtain” by Paul A. Offit
“Fast Carbs, Slow Carbs: The Simple Truth About Food, Weight, and Disease” by David A. Kessler
“Follow Your Gut: The Enormous Impact of Tiny Microbes” by Rob Knight
“The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-Term Health” by Justin and Erica Sonnenburg
“Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ” by Giulia Enders
“I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life” by Ed Yong
“In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America” by Laurie Edwards
“Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues” by Martin Blaser
“The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection” by John F. Cryan, Ted Dinan, and Scott Anderson
“This Is Your Brain On Parasites: How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape Society” by Kathleen McAuliffe
“Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women’s Pain” by Abby Norman
“Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness” by Susannah Cahalan
“Brave New Medicine: A Doctor’s Unconventional Path to Healing Her Autoimmune Illness” by Cynthia Li and Arlie Russel Hochschild
“The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness” by Sarah Ramey
“Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System” by Sonya Huber
“Shake, Rattle & Roll With It: Living and Laughing with Parkinson’s” by Vikki Claflin
“Waist-High in the World: A Life Among the Nondisabled” by Nancy Mairs
“The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook: A DIY Guide to Living Well with Chronic Illness” by Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt
“ChronicBabe 101: How to Craft an Incredible Life Beyond Illness” by Jenni Grover
“The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet: A Revolutionary Plan for Managing IBS and Other Digestive Disorders” by Dr. Sue Shepherd and Peter Gibson
“Finding a New Normal: Living Your Best Life with Chronic Illness” by Suzan Jackson
“Gut Feelings: Disorders of the Gut-Brain Interaction and the Patient-Doctor Relationship, A Guide for Patients and Doctors” by Dr. Douglas Drossman and Johannah Ruddy
“The Patient’s Playbook: How to Save Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love” by Leslie Michelson
“You Are Not Your Pain: Using Mindfulness to Relieve Pain, Reduce Stress, and Restore Well-Being—An Eight-Week Program” by Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman
“You Don’t LOOK Sick! Living Well with Invisible Chronic Illness” by Joy Selak and Dr. Overman
“My Gluten-Free Family Kitchen: 151 Fast, Fun, and Flavorful Recipes” by Vanessa Weisbrod
“Gluten-Free on a Shoestring: 125 Easy Recipes for Eating Well on the Cheap” by Nicole Hunn
“Alternative Baker: Reinventing Dessert with Gluten-Free Grains and Flours” by Alanna Taylor-Tobin
“A Good Food Day: Reboot Your Health with Food That Tastes Great” by Marco Canora
“The Nutrient Dense Kitchen: 125 Autoimmune Paleo Recipes for Deep Healing and Vibrant Health” by Mickey Prescott
“The Healing Kitchen: 175+ Quick & Easy Paleo Recipes to Help You Thrive” by Alaena Haber and Sarah Ballantyne
“The Heal Your Gut Cookbook: Nutrient-Dense Recipes for Intestinal Health Using the GAPS Diet” by Hilary Boynton and Mary Brackett
“Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet: Over 100 Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Recipes that are Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, and Grain-Free” by Erica Kerwien
“The Low-FODMAP Cookbook: 100 Delicious, Gut-Friendly Recipes for IBS and other Digestive Disorders” by Dianne Benjamin
“Eating Gluten-Free with Emily: A Story for Children with Celiac Disease” by Bonnie J. Kruszka
“Some Days We…” by Julie A. Stamm (parent with multiple sclerosis)
“Sometimes” by Rebecca Elliot (sibling with a disability)
“Taking Arthritis to School (Special Kids in School)” by Dee Dee L. Miller
“Why Does Mommy Hurt? Helping Children Cope with the Challenges of Having a Caregiver with Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, or Autoimmune Disease” by Elizabeth M. Christ
“Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans” by Melanie Mitchell
“Can’t. Just. Stop. An Investigation of Compulsions” by Sharon Begley
“A Planet of Viruses” by Carl Zimmer
“Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction” by Maia Szalavitz
“Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World’s Strangest Brains” by Helen Thomson
The views and opinions expressed in the listed books are those of the authors. GAI does not endorse the contents of the above books; they are simply a sample of the resources available on managing life with autoimmune disease and other chronic illnesses.