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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)

Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving
Pete Walker (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013)

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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 MatΓ© (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 MatΓ© (Wiley, 2008)

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Hello. I'd like to recommend a book I recently published that focuses quite specifically on ACE's and public policy. This is from the back cover of SAFE:

With clarity and compassion, Suzanne Starseed reveals how mass shootings, preschool expulsions, homelessness, the school-to-prison pipeline, addiction, and high mortality rates are just the extreme outcomes of the social, economic, and educational policies that have made all of us vulnerable to the epidemic of stress that comes from not feeling safe. In a highly readable synthesis of neuroscience, social science, developmental psychology, trauma research, and in-person interviews, she shows the powerful impact that not feeling safe has on our physical and mental health, cognitive function, and the way we treat each other. She uses this same body of evidence to outline the pillars of a social safety infrastructure that would support a resilient and prosperous society. With an infusion of hope and candor, SAFE challenges us to create a society in which everyone feels safe.

Suzanne P. Starseed

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