While we were performing The Damage is Done: A True Story in Whitehorse we engaged in a talkback after the show. On both occasions audience members requested links to the authors that Gabor quotes onstage. We promised to provide them on our site.

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

by Dr. Gabor Maté

Winner of the 2009 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize

Blending first-person accounts, riveting case studies, cutting-edge research and passionate argument, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts takes a panoramic yet highly intimate look at this widespread and perplexing human ailment.

Countering prevailing notions of addiction as either a genetic disease or an individual moral failure, Dr. Gabor Maté presents an eloquent case that addiction – all addiction – is in fact a case of human development gone askew.


When the Body Says No

by Gabor Maté

Can a person literally die of loneliness? Is there a connection between the ability to express emotions and Alzheimer’s disease? Is there such a thing as a “cancer personality.”

Drawing on scientific research and the author’s decades of experience as a practicing physician, When the Body Says No:  The Cost of Hidden Stress — published in the U.S. with the subtitle Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection, and also available in audiobook format — provides answers to these and other important questions about the effect of the mind-body link on illness and health and the role that stress and one’s individual emotional makeup play in an array of common diseases.


A Chorus of Stones

by Susan Griffin

“We forget that we are history. We have kept the left hand from knowing the right…we are not used to associating our private lives with public events. Yet the histories of families cannot be separate from the histories of nations. To divide them is part of our denial. What a multitude of decisions, made by others, in other times, must shape our lives now.”

– A Chorus of Stones, Susan Griffin


 A.H. Almaas

“The child is very open, and can feel the pain and suffering going on in its immediate environment. The child is aware of its own body and can also feel the tension, rigidity and pain in the body of the mother or of anyone else he’s with. If the mother is suffering, the baby suffers too. The pain never gets discharged. The organism does not develop the confidence that it can regulate itself, that things will happen the way they should. If the pain and frustration continue, they will have a disintegrating effect on the organism, and the child will begin to experience organismic fear for its very survival.”

–A.H. Almaas

Primo Levi

“One can believe or declare oneself to be anguished for one reason and be so for something totally different.  One can think that one is suffering at facing the future and instead be suffering because of one’s past; one can think that one is suffering for others, out of pity, out of compassion, and instead be suffering for one’s own reasons.”

 Primo Levi


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