Dear Friends
Here are some books and magazines I recommend.
Please share your favorite books in the comments
…for us all to enjoy.
love, yoko



On my travels, I read the local paper from where I wake up – plus International Herald Tribune, If I can get it.

In New York City, where I live, I get all the local papers plus Financial Times.


Among the magazines I currently enjoy are:



Books I have read recently, that I strongly recommend for you:

The Women
by Hilton Als

This is an incrediblly powerful book. Once I started reading it, I had to go on reading until dawn. The author is so much in pain, his pain virtually gets under your skin as you read. For a know it all, I have surprised myself for having learnt so much from this book about us women. It was a humbling experience.

Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World
by Mark Williams, Danny Penman and Jon Kabat-Zinn
Jonathan Cott - Days That I'll Remember: Spending Time with John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Days That I’ll Remember: Spending Time with John Lennon and Yoko Ono
by Jonathan Cott

Jonathan Cott is somebody we all know in our circle to be a quiet genius. Rollilng Stone asked him to interview us a few times. This book is a collection of those interviews. Nothing more. Reading it, I thought “Wow, we weren’t bad at all.” Because most writers wanted to sensationalize us, thinking that if they didn’t do that, it might be boring – and nobody would buy the book! So their ‘interviews’ usually came out nothing like what we were like.

I have never recommended any books about John and Yoko. But this book made me choke up. I heard John in my ears and felt him in my heart. This is a good book for Lennon fans. And I.. Well, I come out as the second banana (okay, okay!)

You will get an inkling of two people in love, sometimes making daring remarks, yet not forgetting to protect each other in the interviews.. In fact, this is really the way we were, folks! Have a good read. yoko

Skinny Bitch
Skinny Bitch
by Kim Barnouin & Rory Freedman

This and IN DEFENSE OF FOOD by Michael Pollan are two great books for you to understand how to care about what you are eating and why.

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Healing Visualizations: Creating Health Through Imagery by Gerald Epstein M.D.
Healing Visualizations: Creating Health Through Imagery
by Gerald Epstein M.D.

Using the power of IMAGINE, you can improve your health and the heath of others using Creative Visualisation. This is a book that gives you the practical usage of IMAGINING. It gives you titles like this: Depression, Diabetes, Dizziness, Fear, Ending a relationship… I am just putting them without any order, but you see that it will be so good if you can cure those symptoms without chemical drugs and/or an operation.

When I read what he claims you can do to fix a cataract without any operation, I was flabbergasted. At the same time, I really wished that I could have given the information to a friend of mine who recently went through a cataract operation. It’s incredible!

The Carbon Age: How Life's Core Element Has Become Civilization's Greatest Threat by Eric Roston
The Carbon Age: How Life’s Core Element Has Become Civilization’s Greatest Threat
by Eric Roston

A very well researched biography of Carbon and humanity that will help you appreciate everything from the Big Bang to the Industrial Revolution to Global Warming and make you want to help save the Earth. It’s easy to read and makes you gain so much knowledge that we will need for the New Age.

The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources by Michael T. Klare
The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources
by Michael T. Klare

As Earth’s ever-decreasing non-renewable resources diminish, we must alter our consumption patterns or we will all end up with nothing. This book shows us where we are currently standing and the unfortunate reality we don’t want to face. Reading this book will make you not only face the horrors of reality but will make you feel that you want to work to make a good future.

Plundering Appalachia: The Tragedy of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
by Tom Butler & Doug Tompkins

Once our valleys were green … now they look like the bomb-destroyed cities we created in Iraq. Buy this book and see what is quietly being done to middle America because of a few people’s greed.

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
by Neil Postman

We are indeed amusing ourselves to death. This started when Marshall McLuhan stated that the medium was the message. I said right away that the message was the medium. But, alas, my voice was maybe not loud enough, and/or the medium without a serious message is much more amusing to people. So the entertainers became the gods of the people, who screamed: “Keep entertaining us! We want to die being entertained!” The kings of the world wished the same, and they let their countries fall while they were entertained. This is the only book in this list that was published way back in the 1960s. I hope you can get it.

Classified Woman
by Sibel Edmonds

A tell-all book by a former FBI translator. A must-read. It’s frightening that this is the reality.

MAO – The Unknown Story
by Jung Chang & Jon Halliday

India – A Portrait
by Patrick French
A First-Rate MADNESS
Uncovering the Links between Leadership and Mental Illness
by Nassir Ghaemi

At first this book first gives you a “reader’s digest” version of how the world leaders really were. That’s interesting enough. But it goes on to show you how the brain works when a person is depressed, and how to overcome it. It is fascinating and full of important information. I kept reading thinking “great to know the other side of our leaders we didn’t know.” But then, in the end, there is a surprise! It shows the current scientific findings of the link between depression and empathy, we knew only as a moral and idealistic trait. Now it seems they found a point of brain that corresponds to empathy, scientifically, which is connected to depression, its cause, and also as its cure.


Why He Died and Why It Matters
By James W. Douglass

I was crying reading the secret letter exchange Kruschev and John Kennedy quite extensively. Together, they thought they could create World Peace. They almost did, just before Kennedy was assassinated. If you want to read all the correspondence between those two, there is a separate 200 page book of it. This book only mentions a few. But it gives the picture of John Kennedy we didn’t know.

by David Christopher Naylor Swanson

Showing the effective campaign the activists made in the 1920’s by discovering that War was illegal. Did we know that? I didn’t.

The Hidden Connection Between Mad Cow and Misdiagnosed Alzheimer’s Disease
By Colm A. Kelleher, Ph. D.
The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water
By Maude Barlow & Tony Clarke
Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility
By Ellen J. Langer
by Wendy Murphy

They might get angry with me for recommending this one. That’s how amazingly courageous the author is. Wendy is a professor at the New England School of Law in Boston. Served as a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School as a former Massachusetts Prosecutor who specialized in child abuse and sex crimes. She certainly does not aspire to climb the ladder of worldly success – such as to become a supreme court judge one day, since she dares to name all the judges in this book who have wronged in their profession. I got a little scared recommending this book myself. But her fight for mandatory sentencing laws for child sex offenders has been very successful in all fifty States in United States. It also gives credit to the American public which truly care for the issue. And why the blurbs all call her Wendy, instead of Ms. Murphy? Maybe she is fortunate to be a woman so they all want to call her by her first name!

by Michael Pollan

It’s actually a book you have to read before OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA, by the same author. This book was the beginning of Michel Pollan’s revolution. A must read.

by John Perkins

John Perkins has surpassed his enormous best seller CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HITMAN (which I’m sure you have read already) with THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE. You need to read this one, too. If you are too busy, read the prologue and and the last chapter, TODAY IS THE DAY before you read the rest.

The True Story of the Bilderberg Group
by Daniel Estulin

Read this if you want to know about a very powerful group that includes many of the presidents of very powerful countries, and is working to turn the planet into one country. They are systematically trying to make people dumb and poor – letting one group control them all.

The Ancient Art of Self-Healing
by Yogi Bhajan and Siri Amir Singh Khalsa
by Alice Walker
by Sally Beare

I am 77 years old and feeling better than ever. This book has proved to me that longevity has everything to do with one’s state of mind. I just make sure to release all my anger and resentment whenever it hits me, and take a walk. I also dance in my mind to keep myself in good health. Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life. The best advice is to do three things a day to make somebody happy. Do that for three months, and your life will be totally changed. These 77 years are just a prelude to my life!

by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

This is a very important book. It is the only book about oppression of WOMEN in Asia and Africa, so far that I have read, that gives the work of women turning the oppression into opportunity for them to create economic independence for them and for all women of the region.  Every book on the same subject I’ve read just described the horrors. But this is about the women fighting back successfully without bloodshed!

The title, taken from a Chinese proverb, says it all: “Women hold up half the sky.” This book is different from others about gender oppression: It illustrates how women in Africa and Asia are leading a courageous, strong crusade. It is a story of empowerment. We can learn from their wisdom. This book takes a sad song and makes it better, so to speak.

by Hans Fallada

This is fiction, but it impressed the hell out of me even though I very rarely have time to read fiction these days. It is the New York Times book review “Notable Book of The Year,” as well. It gives the account of Germans who fought Nazism and were killed or put in jail for life by Nazis for it. A German citizen is killed just for dropping cards all over the city writing his objection of Hitler’s policies. His wife was also sentenced to death, and was in jail indefinitely.

by Louise Hay

I recently shared this book with my daughter. Now we both read the affirmations daily. Love your body to make it happy and healthy and whole! Here’s an example of how easy it is to practice these ideas: I love to put my feet up at the end of the day and watch them looking kinda good. In my mind I say to them: “Thank you for taking me around for so many years to so many places—with happy steps. You’re the best!”

This is a very practical book. Every page just lists a part of your body and one or two lines of blessings you can repeat. Repeat out loud. When you need it quickly – like you had a rough night,  your kidney is hurting,  your liver is feeling heavy but you have to go into the subway/the tube as soon as you can –  go to the pages in Louise Hay and just bless your liver and kidney before your morning starts. Isn’t that great? Don’t feel guilty if you forget to do it! I forget, too, you know. But my liver and kidney seem to understand me by now, that I do care about them.

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by Daniel J. Levitin

This is a fascinating exploration of the relationship between music and the mind. Since our planet essentially moves to music, you might want to get to know a few things about music and its history.

by Michael Pollan
by Eric Schlosser

I have shared “Fast Food Nation” and “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” with everyone. Once you read them, you will never look at food in the same way. I believe that our food supply is not just a national issue – it is a global concern, and we should all be working together on this. I once heard that if every person in China jumped at the same time, the axis of the globe would shift. Well, we can shift the axis of this world by stopping the consumption of mass-produced food and focusing on organic and locally grown produce so we can all live longer, healthier lives while improving this beautiful planet we live on.

If this book doesn’t make you eat better, I don’t know what will. By changing from consuming chemically ridden mass-produced food to eating locally grown organic food, we can give ourselves a longer and healthier life.

by Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter

Believe it or not, human trafficking happens here in the United States. It’s a disturbing phenomenon. Bales and Soodalter’s riveting account of modern-day slavery is a call to action. We can stop this crime. We must.

by Otto Friedrich

Friedrich’s detailed book will show you how the most incredible culture of the 20th century was destroyed and lost by racism. Let’s hope we won’t do this again.

by Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler

This was first printed in 1935. It was reprinted in 2003.
(read some here)

by Teruo Higa

(translated into English)

by Walter Lowenfels

This title alone gets you in your stomach! I listed because of that. But the book was published in 1973. I just got it from a friend. I don’t think it’s sold anymore.

by Lao Tzu

The Mystic Wisdom of Ancient China

by John Perkins

This book gives you a true picture of American world politics that we have not been told. While at consulting firm Chas T. Main, Perkins claims to have worked as an “economic hit man,” cheating developing nations out of trillions by convincing their leaders to accept development loans that ultimately turned into massive debts.

It took a lot of courage to write this book because the author, an economic strategist, reveals that he was involved in swindling countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. He is a very brave individual who has stood up to share the truth; my late husband, John, would have liked that.

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by Masaru Emoto

The mysteries of water.

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by Shakti Gawain

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by Raj Patel

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by Norman Doidge MD

I travel a lot, so when I arrive in a city, I like to go to good local bookshops and make a selection based on how I’m feeling and what I’m thinking. The book I pick usually seems to have a definite karmic connection! For instance, I recently hurt my knee because I fell on the street. But it didn’t upset me, since the fall came just after reading this book, which is about rewiring our brains to heal ourselves. I started walking, and it wasn’t difficult. Words are power. And a book is full of words. Be careful what power you get from it. But know that you do.

This is a book that everybody should read. It’s an eye opener. Giving many examples of the fact that our brain has plasticity, which most doctors don’t know. In fact, all doctors, at this point, are localizationists. When your brain is damaged, another part of the brain rewires itself and takes over the same function, making it possible for you to resume normalcy in your life. It is nothing short of miraculous. Get it!

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by Kevin Bales

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by Deepak Chopra M.D.

For your body and mind. I recommend all books by the same author.

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by Miguel Ruiz

The four agreements are these:

Be impeccable with your word.
Don’t take anything personally.
Don’t make assumptions.
Always do your best.

It’s the how and why one should do these things that make The Four Agreements worth reading and remembering.

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by Mother Teresa