The Book Shop at Cumberland Heights Top 10 Best-Selling Books

The Book Shop at Cumberland Heights Top 10 Best-Selling Books

In honor of  its grand re-opening, our alumni and staff have reviewed The Book Shop at Cumberland Heights’ top 10 best-selling books.

The Book Shop at Cumberland Heights originally opened in 1985 to provide patients with books, journals, basic toiletries and other items. Recently, renovations were completed expanding and updating the space to better serve patients and families.

The Book Shop will celebrate its grand re-opening on Monday, April 18 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Proceeds from the Book Shop help support the Duke Kennedy Patient Assistance Fund at Cumberland Heights.

3781. “The Lost Years” by Constance Curry and Kristina Wandzilak

Not only were Kristina and Constance two of our most inspiring speakers for Reaching New Heights, our women’s luncheon, they also co-authored this gripping memoir chronicling their lives through the depths of addiction and resilience of recovery. The alternating chapters with viewpoints from the daughter, Kristina, and the once enabling mother, Constance, are a window into the life of a family affected by drug and alcohol addiction. Their story is uplifting and a good read for any family member.  Give yourself the gift of their beautifully shared journey.

– Martha Farabee, Chief Development and Marketing Officer


3652. “The Shack” by Wm. Paul Young

“The Shack” is the powerful tale of a man, destroyed by personal tragedy, responding to a handwritten invitation to meet God. As the reader goes with Mack on this desperate journey, they begin to find themselves on their own journey to meet and understand the mystery of God. This amazing story pays tribute to the soul-searching spirit in all of us. If one has experienced tragedy, pain, fear, confusion, or despair, they can go with Mack on his quest for spiritual healing, and share in the unexpected love, peace and understanding he finds at the shack.

– Linda Derrick, Family Program Alumna


3723. “The Language of Letting Go” by Melody Beattie

This collection of daily meditations touches on every part of recovery for me. It reminds me to live life with open-mindedness, acceptance and hope. The daily readings help me to focus on changing my reactions and face new challenges with dignity and grace. Each time I read a daily meditation from this book I discover a new truth about my soul.

– Jaime Gibbons, Alumni Relations and Volunteer Coordinator


3594. “Keep It Simple” by Hazelden Meditations

“Keep it Simple” solidifies the 1-2-3 of recovery for me: prayer, meditation and action. It’s a great book for people early in recovery or for those in recovery, like me, that need a reminder to keep it simple. It takes me through prayer and meditation, and gives me a specific action I can take which will enhance my recovery that day. For someone with a busy schedule, these short reads are perfect to begin your day, or to pick up at any point.

– Melissa Hudgens, Women’s Clinical Director



5. “Peace is Every Step” by Thich Nhat Hanh

As meditation is one of the most important actions in recovery, “Peace is Every Step” gives us practical ways to understand and practice mindfulness.

– John McAndrew, Recovery Music Specialist


3616. “Daily Reflections” by AA Members for AA Members

This is a must have book in early recovery. It helped me establish a morning routine and exposed me to more of Bill Wilson’s writings and ideas. Often it will bring attention to an area of my life I’ve been neglecting, so I can take that issue into my morning meditation and be more aware of it throughout the day. It’s a great way to start the day.

– David Cornish, Quality Management and Medical Records



3637. “Courage to Change” by Al-Anon

This is my favorite book for families in early recovery because it introduces them to core concepts such as forgiveness, detachment, honesty, spirituality and support. It has daily meditations on these different topics giving family members a topic to focus on each day of the year. The readings are very powerful, and I often get feedback from families saying how much they enjoyed readings from this book

– Hilary King-Werthan, Family Counselor


3758. “Codependent No More” by Melody Beattie

This book helps to identify problematic areas, and then to identify solutions around unhealthy patterns.

– Kristy Roll, Family Program Director

“Codependent No More” is wonderful for persons affected by addiction. It helps them understand how they got to where they are and what they can do to change with support.

– Pam Nelson, Family Counselor



9. “Tweaked” by Katherine Holubitsky

This book is well written, easy to read and entertaining. It tells of a teenager’s methamphetamine addiction from the perspective of his younger brother. It provides a different view of how addiction affects the whole family.

– Guy Stewart Freeman, Bookstore Manager


36710. “New Pair of Glasses” by Chuck “C”

I love this book. It helped me realize that this disease really is an inside job. I would recommend it to anyone in any kind of recovery. It’s straight ahead and very easy to understand. It breaks things down and is a little easier to comprehend then a lot of other recovery literature.

– Daniel Gerbis, Men’s Program Case Manager