Essentially Men – suggested self-help books for men

The following is a suggested reading list based on the recommendations of Rex and the Essentially Men team. This list is also available for Download Here.

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Title – Author (Publisher)

Fire in the Belly: On Being a Man – Sam Keen (Bantam)
Iron John: A Book About Men – Robert Bly (Addison / Wesley)
King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine – Robert Moore (Harper Collins)
Men and the Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of Men – Micheal Meade (US Harper)
The Horned God – John Rowan (Routledge)
Knights Without Armour – Arron Kipnis (Tarcher)
Wingspan: Inside the Men’s Movement – Christopher Harding (St Martins Press)
A Circle of Men: The Original Manual for Men’s Support Groups – Bill Kauth (St Martins Press)
To be a Man – Keith Thompson (Tarcher)
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: Poetry Anthology – Bly Hillman & Meade (Harper Collins)

New Men New Minds – Franklin Abbot (Crossing Press)
Men and Intimacy – Franklin Abbot (Crossing Press)
Absent Fathers, Lost Sons: The Search for Masculine Identity – Guy Corneau (Shameala)
Finding Our Fathers : How a Man’s Life Is Shaped by His Relationship with His Father – Samuel Osherson (Fawcett)
Wrestling with Love – Samuel Osherson (Fawcett)
The Flying Boy: Healing the Wounded Man – John Lee (Health Commun)
At My Father’s Wedding – John Lee (Bantam)

Why Men Are the Way They Are – Warren Farrell (Bantam)
The Myth of Male Power – Warren Farrell (Finch)
Father and Child Reunion: How to Bring the Dads We Need to the Children We Love – Warren Farrell (Finch)
Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say: Destroying Myths, Creating Love – Warren Farrell (Finch)
Not Guilty: ­In Defence of Modern Man – David Thomas (Woidenfeld & Nicolson)

The Seasons of a Man’s Life – Daniel Levison (US Ballantine)
Manhood – Steve Biddulph (Finch)
Raising Boys: Why Boys Are Different – And How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men – Steve Biddulph (Finch)

Fatherless Sons – Rex McCann (HarperCollins NZ)
Real Boys : Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood – William Pollock (Random House)
The Wonder of Boys – Michael Gurian Tarcher (Putnam)
Letters to My Son: A Father’s Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love – Kent Nerburn (New World Library)
Beginning Fatherhood – Warwick Pudney & Judy Cottrell (Tandem NZ)
The Prodigal Father: Reuniting Fathers and Their Children – Mark Byron (Potter)
Remaking Men: Jung, Spirituality and Social Change – David Tacy (Viking AUS)
Secret Men’s Business – John Marsden (AUS)
The Heart Aroused : Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America – David Whyte (Doubleday)
I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression – Terence Real (Fireside)