ACEs Science Books

Here are books that specifically address ACEs science and/or the consequences of childhood adversity, and what we can do to heal and to prevent ACEs. If you know of others you think should be added to this list, please leave your suggestion in the comments section. A wider-ranging book list, including books for children and memoirs, can be found in the Books! group

Titles are arranged in alphabetical order.


Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential--and Endangered
Bruce D. Perry and Maia Szalavitz (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2010)

Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology and How You Can Heal
Donna Jackson Nakazawa (Atria Books, 2015)

For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence
Alice Miller (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002)

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
Gabor Maté (North Atlantic Books, 2011)

Prisoners of Childhood: The Drama of the Gifted Child and the Search for the True Self
Alice Miller (Basic Books, 1996)

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. (Penguin Books, 2015)

The Circles Story
Scott C. Miller (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014)

The Last Best Cure: My Quest to Awaken the Healing Parts of My Brain and Get Back My Body, My Joy, and My Life
Donna Jackson Nakazawa (Avery, 2013)

Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease
Robin Karr-Morse with Meredith S. Wiley (Basic Books, 2012)

When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection
Gabor Maté (Wiley, 2008)

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I'd like to see (Swiss Psychologist) Alice Miller's [2] books added to this list: Both were noted in a 10/12/2016 ACEsConnection blog entitled: "For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child Rearing and the Roots of Violence", and her 1979 book: "Prisoners of Childhood". Thank You.

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