Help At Any Cost
: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids, by Maia Szalavitz. A thourough investigation of the history and present state of this industry and its practices, a moving, often horrifying, first-person accounts of kids who made it through-as well as stories of those who didn't survive.
Bury Me behind the Baseboard
by Pavel Sanaev - ''Touchingly naive, tragic, and incredibly funny at the same time.'' - Alina Bronsky
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog
: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook - What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing, by by Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz.
by Torey Hayden - the true story of a child in peril and the teacher who saved her.
White on Black
by Ruben Gallego - memoirs of a boy with cerebral palsy who was brought up in inhumane environment of a USSR orphanage. Not sappy at all, great read.
Daddy's Little Earner
by Maria Landon - a heartbreaking true story of a brave little girl's escape from violence.
: Stepping Out of the Shadow of Sexual Abuse and Living Your Dreams, by Rebecca Mitchell - a much needed book for the one in four people who have experienced child sexual abuse. It offers friendly and effective help and support from someone who really understands.
The House On Telegraph Hill (An Asylum)
by Charles Wilson - by recounting his dreadful upbringing along with his lifelong struggles, author helps educate others about the horrors and complexities of child abuse.
Outgrowing the Pain
: A Book for and About Adults Abused As Children, by Eliana Gil. The book pinpoints typical problems abused children experience when they become adults.
A House Full of Whispers
by Sharon Wallace - story of child sexual abuse, healing and hope.
: The True Story of a Sex Trafficking Survivor, by Katariina Rosenblatt, PhD. The author tells her story of being lured into trafficking, her experiences while being trapped, and her eventual escape. Stolen is a survival story with an inspirational message, although sometimes reading as a lecture.
: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter, by Adeline Yen Mah - story of verbal/emotional abuse.
A Stolen Life
: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard - Jaycee chronicles her experience of being kidnapped at the age of 11 and held captive for 18 years, during which time she bore her captor two children.
Adult Children of Abusive Parents:
A Healing Program for Those Who Have Been Physically, Sexually, or Emotionally Abused. By Steven Farmer. Most valuable is the step-by-step self-help program that includes exercises and journal work for recovery.
Tell Me Why, Mummy
by David Thomas - story written by a male survivor who grew up with sexual abuse by his mother.
A Child Called ''It''
: One Child's Courage to Survive, by Dave Pelzer - unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history.
The Lost Boy
: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family, by Dave Pelzer - the long-awaited sequel to A Child Called ''It''.
A Man Named Dave
by Dave Pelzer - inspiring conclusion to A Child Called ''It'' and ''The Lost Boy'', a story of triumph and forgiveness.