The Chalkboard Library: 27 Must-Read Wellness Books That’ll Teach You Everything

We’re diving deep, naming names, and not holding back; this fall, in The Shop, we’re listing almost thirty books that have deeply impacted the way we look at wellness – and we can’t wait for you to check them out.

We’re calling it our TCM Library – 27 essential books and authors who have shaped the way we look at everything from eating well, clean living, healing, and the mind-body connection.

If you’re new to the wellness scene, this Library is for you! Start by browsing our shelves and finding a few titles that resonate with you personally. The books we’ve selected run the gamut from fringe to front and center and there’s something here for everyone. If you’re truly just beginning, we recommend Eat To Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. (Click here for the full list.)

We’ve learned quite a bit from every one of these authors, but keep in mind: not all the philosophies, diets and protocols mentioned in these pages are for everyone. Not everyone needs to go gluten-free or be 100% vegan or to drink raw milk, but some do! There are healthy lifestyles of many shapes and sizes – and many ways to do thing right!

One thing all the books in our Library have in common is that they’ll lead you toward more mindful life choices and more real, whole, time-tested foods.

Now for you readers who have well-developed libraries of your own. We know we must have left out a few great titles. Tell us, what books would you add to our bookshelf of wellness essentials? We’ll be adding 3 more titles to our collection before the season’s over according to your comments and emails. Tell us what we’re missing and what books have influenced the way you’re living well the most!

See all 27 picks over in The Shop – here are a few of our favorites…

From our friends


  1. 1) Alejandro Junger’s second book, Clean Gut, really changed the way I think about what I put in my body and gave me some great tools for staying (and getting back) on track. 2) Michael Pollan’s Food Rules is such a short, quick read and I flip through from time to time when I need reminding how simple eating can and should be. 3) Pollan’s book Ominvore’s Dilemma also opened my eyes to America’s food systems and really changed the way I look at the food on my plate.

    Megan Mulry | 09.01.2015 | Reply
  2. The Microbiome Diet

    Madeline Casteel | 09.03.2015 | Reply
  3. Please add me to your mailing list. By chance has this 2015 book list been updated or are these still the books to get about health and wellness?

    Bridget | 01.03.2017 | Reply

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