This is my official “books” page. Although I hope you like my writing and are curious enough to actually buy one of my books, I can’t blame you for thinking long and hard about it. I do, too. I read fewer books, and read increasingly on screens. But I always have books waiting to be read. I buy them as a way of thanking other writers for their time and their ideas.
Relationships are everything. My two most recent (and favorite) books explore the spectrum of social ties from casual to very close. We need all of them. Family members anchor us at home, and consequential strangers support us in the world.
In 1999, I flew cross country to meet the late Tracy Hogg, the original and incomparable “Baby Whisperer.” I was amazed. Here was a real-life Mary Poppins with a Yorkshire burr to match. Having worked with more than five thousand babies over the past twenty years, and dubbed “The Baby Whisperer” by a grateful Hollywood mom, Tracy was warm, funny, and able to understand every coo and cry. After months of following her around, watching her interact with babies and their parents, I captured her smarts and her common sense on paper. Over the next six years, we produced three best-selling–and still very popular–books about caring for babies and toddlers.
- Secrets of the Baby Whisperer
- Secrets of the Baby Whisperer for Toddlers
- The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems
Divorce is a leap into the unknown, certainly not as joyful as new parenthood but just as disorienting and life-changing. It’s a time we need help. I know, because I’ve been there. Although we know much more about divorce and its fallout than we did twenty years ago when I first began to write books on the subject, the process hasn’t gotten any easier.
- “Will You Miss Me?” –Wife to Husband, Circa 1968
- Our Turn: Women Who Triumph in the Face of Divorce
- Loving and Listening
- Families Apart
Family therapist Ron Taffel is one of the smartest clinicians and most compassionate men I know. We collaborated on three parenting books, chock full of Ron’s cases and out-of-the-box ideas. These many years later, our books are more relevant than ever.