We have books! Please take a look at what books we have available for loan. You can either fill out the form, ask your support coordinator, or call the 0800 number to request a book. We can either drop off the book on a visit or send it to you via post with a postage-paid return envelope. We ask that you return the book in 6 weeks since we do have a limited number of each book. Please let us know if you would like more time.

If you have any books that you enjoyed and would like to donate to us, we will be greatly appreciative to expand our library.

Library Request

Members can request a book from our library
  • Sweet Louise has the following books to loan for 6 weeks to our members. Please make your selection and your support coordinator will be in touch to either bring the book to you or to send it to you by post. A postage-paid return envelope will be included to send the book back to Sweet Louise.

Non-Fiction, Self Help

100 Questions & Answers About Advanced and Metastatic Breast Cancer Second Edition by Lillie Shockney RN, Gary Shapiro

EMPOWER YOURSELF! Whether you're a newly diagnosed patient, survivor, or loved one of someone suffering from advanced breast cancer, 100 Questions & Answers About Advanced and Metastatic Breast Cancer, Second Edition offers essential and practical guidance. Providing both doctor and patient perspectives, this updated and revised edition offers authoritative answers to the most commonly asked questions about advanced and metastatic breast cancer including diagnosis, treatment, post-treatment quality of life, alternative medicine, targeted therapy, and coping strategies. Written by experts from Johns Hopkins University and Medical Center, this new edition is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of this disease.



Accidentally Overweight: Solve Your Weight Loss Puzzle by Dr. Libby Weaver

In Accidentally Overweight Dr Libby explores the must know nine factors essential to successful and sustainable weight loss.

This book is a result of the 14 years Dr Libby spent at university, her strong scientific background in both nutrition and dietetics and her observation and experience with the way people respond to dietary change. Libby has thousands of stories about how, what she calls the calorie equation (how much you eat versus how much you move) is not the only determinant of your body shape and size.


Armed with Chocolate Frogs; Living with Advanced Breast Cancer

Australian women writing about advanced breast cancer. Published by Kate Carey Productions


Beating Our Breasts

Twenty New Zealand Women Tell Their Breast Cancer Stories. Compiled and Edited by Margaret Clark



Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine, and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande examines his experiences as a surgeon, as he confronts the realities of ageing and dying in his patients and in his family, as well as the limits of what he can do. He emerges with a story that crosses the globe and history, exploring questions that range from the curious to the profound.



Always One More Race": Prostate and Breast Cancer - One Couple's Journey by Anne Flynn

This book will take you on a journey that will motivate and inspire you. Make you laugh and cry. As you read page after page you will know that you are not alone there is a friend on these pages who understands your rollercoaster of emotions, the dark places that your mind goes to when cancer enters your life.


Bosom Buddies: Uplifting Stories of Breast Cancer Survival by Gaye Croft featuring Sandy McLeod, Diane Curtis and Doris Leadbetter

'Cancer didn't just make me look at death and dying, it made me look at life and living.' Gaye Croft weaves her own story, and those of three other women, into a moving, instructive and totally hilarious narrative. You won't believe what you find yourself laughing at!


Breast Cancer Husband: How to Help Your Wife (and Yourself) Through Diagnosis, Treatment, and Beyond by Marc Silver

A unique guide, like none other on the market-packed with medical information, practical tips, psychological insight, and coping strategies-to help men help the women they love through this trying time.

When Marc Silver became a breast cancer husband three years ago, he learned firsthand how frightened and helpless the breast cancer husband feels. He searched in vain for a book that would give him the information and advice he so desperately sought. Now this award-winning journalist has compiled just the kind of emotionally supportive and useful resource that he wished he had been able to consult-to give men the tools they need to help their wives, their families, and themselves through this scary, uncertain time.



Cancer: Don't Buy It's Terror Tactics by Diana Newcomb

In 1990 Diana Newcomb received a terrifying diagnosis - she had bowel cancer. Diana reclaimed her health and was inspired to share and teach others the magic she had learned along the way. In 1995 she qualified as a counsellor and has since worked with many cancer patients, both in groups and one-on-one. Cancer - Don't buy its Terror Tactics describes both Diana's personal journey and the philosophy and techniques she has developed since that fateful day. Taking a holistic approach, Diana encourages balancing the latest advances in modern technology with ageless wisdom. Some of the reasons why this book can help you: It defuses the fear that follows a diagnosis of cancer; It offers solutions to deal with the emotional trauma of cancer; It explains the mind/ body connection in a mainstream and rational manner; It offers an easy-to-follow self-help healing program; It motivates the reader to take control of their healing and adopt an approach that complements other medical intervention; Its simple straightforward approach will appeal to someone in deep shock, or a relative or friend hoping to give them support. Diana Newcomb lives and works near Matakana, north of Auckland.



Complementary Therapies for Cancer: What Works, What Doesn't ... and How to Tell the Difference by Professor Shaun Holt

Complementary therapies are those treatments that work alongside conventional medical treatments, and while they cannot cure cancer, they can play a significant part in supporting anyone through their fight with the disease. But deciding what complementary therapies actually work is extremely difficult and this is what medical researcher and doctor, Professor Shaun Holt, tackles in this important new book.


Dr Libby's Real Food Chef by Dr. Libby Weaver with Chef Cynthia Louise

"The Real Food Chef is a whole cooking system born from the desire to inspire us to eat what I call 'low human intervention food', real food the way it comes in nature. Filled with delicious, nourishing recipes, beautiful images, quotes to inspire, and food education, the Real Food Chef has been designed to enhance your quality of life and give you more energy to live the life you love. We eat, on average, 35 times a week and these eating occasions supply the cells of your body with the nutrients to give you optimal health, energy and vitality."--Publisher's description.


Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book. Third Edition, Fully Revised (2000)

Women all over the country and the doctors and nurses who care for them have established this book as the standard reference in it's field. Dr. Susan Love, America's best-known authority on women's health, has entirely revised her authoritative guide to reflect the latest (2000), and increasingly optimistic, information.


Dying to Know: Bringing Death to Life Published by Pilotlight

Life can be a challenge, especially when it comes to death. Talking about it can sometimes help. Conceived and brought together by Pilotlight, with a view to connecting us all a little bit more.


Enhancing Care Care; Complementary Therapy and Support Edited by Jennifer Barraclough

Enhancing Cancer Care is a practical, evidence-based guide to complementary cancer therapies, also described as natural or holistic therapies. More and more patients are turning to these therapies as there is now considerable evidence that they can help with symptom-control and quality-of-life, and that some may also extend survival. Complementary therapies can also provide the patient with a greater sense of control regarding the management of their illness. From the editor of Integrated Cancer Care, this new title provides detailed commentary on a broad range of complementary therapies and features practical advice on how to implement therapies to enhance current practice. The emphasis throughout this book is on enhancing practice; that is, using the therapies alongside conventional medicine, rather than as alternatives to it.


Focus on Healing: Holistic self-help for medical illness by Jennifer Barraclough

This book aims to give a clear and balanced overview, considering both the merits and the potential hazards of a field which is often beset by misinformation and controversy. It is illustrated by the author's own experience, and some inspiring real-life stories of individual healing journeys.


Go! the Art of Change by Jonathan Milne

Turn your life into a work of Art. Since 1988, The Learning Connexion has helped thousands of people discover the art and creativity that is in each of us; from this hands-on book you can learn how to unleash your own ...


Heartstrings in the Key of C; Women Writing About Breast Cancer Published by Kate Carey Productions

Women from all around Victoria contributed to this confronting, uplifting and engaging collection. They record their reactions, fears, struggles and hopes as they are at first diagnosed with breast cancer, then treated for it, and then come to terms with what it means to have a life-threatening illness. Their diverse rural locations present extra challenges. This collection will resonate with anyone who has confronted uncertainty and adversity. As the contributors communicate their experience, they offer us a moving collection of writing  about life.


How to Look Flabulous by Lisa Laney

This book is a comic look at one woman's struggle to get fit, trim down and live life to the fullest with hilarious antics along the way. Join Lisa, a humble hospitality high school teacher, as she battles the bulge, attempts the Tongariro Crossing, falls down a hill and knocks herself out and gets back up on feet ready to do it all again. This journey showcases the highs and lows that go with living life in a media driven world where beauty is the new currency. An enjoyable read filled with side-splitting humour.


I Am Not My Breast Cancer; Women Talk Openly About Love & Sex, Hair Loss & Weight Gain, Mothers & Daughters, and Being a Woman with Breast Cancer by Ruth Peltason

I Am Not My Breast Cancer gathers the warm, loving, frank, and informed voices of more than 800 women - from every state in the nation (US) and from continents as far away as Australia and Africa - who reveal their fears, trade advice, share experiences, and express their deepest, most intimate concerns. Nothing before this groundbreaking book has captured the real experience of breast cancer. It is essential reading for any woman with this diagnosis.


In the Pink; A Guide to Breasts, Cancer and Living Well by Lani Lopez and Jenna Moore

Sometimes you don't ask for fear of the answer. Sometimes you don't know enough to ask the right questions. In the Pink explains breast cancer in an embracing and easy-to-understand manner. From diagnosis options to treatment, to what to tell your children, to how to cope with guilt, to laughter, to sex, it also encompasses a holistic approach for dealing with breast cancer with emphasis on empowerment through knowledge and combining traditional treatment with complementary alternative medicine.


It's Okay to Die; Shirley Dando's Story - Dying Graciously by the Dando Family with Lynette Davies

When Shirley and Graeme Dando were both diagnosed with cancer, they began a journey which would test their faith and change them forever. This book tells that story, making use of Shirley's diaries and writings, along with Graeme's recollections. To Shirley, healing was never based on an 'all or nothing' concept but viewed as a catalyst to bring her to a closer relationship with God.


Jolt Challenge; The Self Intelligence Experience by Wade Jackson

The Self Intelligence Experience. All great philosophers, spiritual teachers and the smartest people to walk the face of the earth have basically said the same thing - the most important thing you can do is to know yourself better than you know yourself now. Through self-examination you will come to understand yourself more. JOLT your life for the better and enjoy the associated fruits of success.


Life, Happiness ... & Cancer; Survive with Action and Attitude by Phil Kerslake

Within this best-selling book, Cancer survivor Phil Kerslake shows you how to use action and attitude to support cancer recovery. You'll learn:
• To cope with a cancer battle as you never thought you could
• What being a fighter really means
• What being an 'active patient' involves in practice
• To turn faith and hope into verbs and wishes into actions
• To convene a life path audit that will feed your will to live
• How to live in accordance with your own way of being, relating and creating to support your recovery prospects
• To create a life with more balance, meaning and fulfilment


Modern German Cookbook by Frank Rosin

In Modern German Cookbook, Master Chef Frank Rosin reveals the culinary secrets of his Michelin-starred restaurant. In this collections of 100 recipes, he shows just how exciting German cooking has become - providing creative twists on classic regional dishes and showcasing recipes that blend the modern with the traditional.


Oysters for Lunch; Writings by women living with secondary breast cancer Edited by Jane Bissell

In October 2010, Twenty-two New Zealand women began writing their stories and poems about life with secondary breast cancer as part of the Sweet Louise Creative Writing Project. This remarkable, brave and inspiring collection of creative work offers poignant insights into life in the moment, the dreams, future hopes and everyday challenges of living with cancer and tells us that if we want oysters for lunch, to have them ... and often.


Persons not Diseases; A Guide to Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine and Holistic Healing by Jennifer Barraclough

This book offers practical guidance about what patients can do to help themselves, what pitfalls to look out for, and how clinicians can provide support. It includes brief reviews of underlying theory, with selected references to other books, websites and the academic literature. It also includes original case histories written by contributors with personal experience of the approaches described.


Pesticides and Breast Cancer - A wake up call by Meriel Watts 

Breast cancer is by far the most common cause of cancer in women throughout the world, and incidence is escalating in the Asia Pacific region. It is time for systemic change in our attitudes to pesticides: we need to implement the precautionary principle and substitute safer ecological methods of managing pests, weeds and disease, for those pesticides exposed here as having the potential to cause breast cancer. Written by PAN AP scientist and coordinator of PAN Aotearoa/New Zealand, Dr. Meriel Watts PhD, the book provides a compelling argument for preventing the exposure of women and girls to many of today.


Planet Cancer; the frequency bizarre yet always informative experiences and thoughts of your fellow natives by Heidi Schultz Adams and Christopher Schultz

This book is a down-to-earth guide especially (though not exclusively!) for young adults with a cancer diagnosis. Each year, nearly 70,000 young adults between 18 and 40 are diagnosed in the United States with cancer. While there are many sources of information for patients, the special concerns of this age group are rarely discussed. One remarkable exception is PlanetCancer.org. For nearly a decade, those in this “gap” age have sought out this online community for resources, networks, and support from those who have been there and done that.


Proof of Heaven; A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander, MD

A neurosurgeon’s first-person account of his near-death experience after an E. coli meningitis-related seizure and seven-day coma.


Rushing Woman's Syndrome; The impact of a never ending to-do list on our health by Dr. Libby Weaver

Rushing Woman’s Syndrome describes the biochemical and emotional effects of constantly being in a rush and the health consequences that urgency elicits. Rushing Woman’s Syndrome was inspired by Dr Libby’s clinical experiences, treating hundreds of rushing women and feeling empathy for the many roles they now juggle. In the book Dr Libby explains how and why rushing woman’s syndrome manifests, and provides practical solutions on how to eliminate it.


Sink or Swim: The Story of a survivor by Shelley Hanna 

Shelley Hanna was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, at the age of 41, and underwent a double mastectomy followed by three months of aggressive chemotherapy. After her treatment she resumed swimming with a local masters club, which proved to be a huge step towards her mental and physical fight back to health. Shelley went on to win 3 gold medals in her age group at the 2004 NZ masters Games and went on to train as an Encore Instructor with the YWCA. To celebrate her fifth year in remission, Shelley cycled 5000km through Vietnam and Cambodia with her husband, in a fundraising venture for Oxfam NZ.


Surviving Breast Cancer: Inspirational Stories from the Front by Carolyn Weston

Journalist Carolyn Weston went for a mammogram almost on impulse, and was devastated to receive the news that she did have breast cancer. At first it seemed like the end of the world, but as her treatment progressed she met and heard about many women who had not only survived, but had gone on to make incredibly positive changes to their lives as a result. She found these accounts so uplifting that she decided to create a book of such stories, to give hope to other sufferers.


Surviving Triple Negative Breast Cancer: Hope, Treatment, and Recovery by Patricia Prijatel

"After her diagnosis of hormone-negative breast cancer, health journalist Patricia Prijatel did what any reporter would do: start investigating the disease, how it occurs, how it's treated, and how to keep it from recurring. While she learned that important research on triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) was emerging, she found a noticeable lack of resources on the disease, which differs from hormone-positive breast cancer in important ways, including prognosis and treatment options. Triple-negative breast cancer disproportionately affects younger women and African-American women-and some forms of it can be more dangerous than other types of breast cancer. But there are many reasons to be hopeful, as Prijatel shows in this book. [] Writing with honesty and humor, Prijatel delivers an inspiring message--that TNBC is a disease to take seriously, with proper and occasionally aggressive treatment, but it is not automatically a killer. Most women diagnosed with the disease survive and go on to live full lives. Surviving Triple-Negative Breast Cancer is a roadmap for women who want to be empowered through their treatment and recovery." - Amazon Book Review


The Breast Cancer Survivor's Fitness Plan: A Doctor-Approved Workout Plan For a Strong Body and Lifesaving Results (Harvard Medical School Guides). Reclaim Health, Regain Strength, Live Longer by Carolyn M. Kaelin, MD, MPH, Francesca Coltrera, Josie Gardiner, Joy Prouty

Exciting new research reveals that regular exercise can reduce the chance of breast cancer recurrence and extend your life. Exercise can also help you recover energy, strength, and flexibility diminished by lifesaving breast cancer treatments.


The C-Word by Lisa Lynch

The C-Word, an unflinchingly honest and darkly humorous account of Lisa Lynch's battle with cancer. Diagnosis in 2008 with Stage 3 cancer, Lisa decided to write a defiant and funny blog and later a book about her experiences of living with the disease.


The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through fiercely demanding regimens in order to survive—and to increase our understanding of this iconic disease. Riveting, urgent, and surprising, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments. It is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer.


The Etiquette of Illness: What to Say When You Can't Find the Words by Susan Halpern

A compassionate guide on how to negotiate the complexities of illness combines anecdotes and insights with practical advice on how to respond to a friend, colleague, or family member suffering from a serious or chronic illness.


The Pink Party: A Celebration of Life by Jane Bissell

"The Pink Party is Jane's second book about the extraordinary journey that is a woman's experience with breast cancer. Perhaps the most valuable and unique contribution The Pink Party makes is to give a voice to women whose cancer has advanced. By telling Colleen's story, Jane takes us into a territory not often explored and helps us to see how one woman found joy and hope right to the end of her life. There are valuable messages here for all of us." Libby Burgess, Chair BCAC


The Little Things that Make a Big Difference: Written by people living with Secondary Breast Cancer (UK)

A collection of tips written by people with secondary breast cancer about living with a secondary diagnosis. The booklet was the idea of a group of women who’d found information for people with secondary breast cancer hard to come by, and wanted to share the things they’d discovered that could help people in a similar situation.


Unbreakable Spirit: Facing the Challenge of Cancer in New Zealand by Karen McMillan

"Unbreakable Spirit is a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of cancer. It tells the true stories of people who have survived cancer and of those who are terminally ill. It also shares the experiences of people who have had a loved one die from cancer and includes information from hospice workers, oncologists, GPs, a counsellor, surgeon and breast physician." - The Women's Bookshop


Welcome to the Amazon Club: A journey of hope, bravery and strength by Jane Bissell

Jane Bissell writes a daily journal about her first year with breast cancer. An honest, open, humorous and informative account, this book offers hope, courage, guidance, information and strength to women experiencing breast cancer


Well-Being: An Essential Guide to Vibrant Good Health for Women by Lynda Wharton

Lynda Wharton has made a name for herself making hard topics readable and easy to understand. Her latest book Well-Being continues this tradition.


When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

"Before writing When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi was in residency in neurological surgery and a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience. In May 2013, Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage-4 non-small-cell EGFR-positive lung cancer. As Kalanithi underwent cancer treatment, he shared his reflections on illness and medicine, authoring essays in The New York TimesThe Paris Review and Stanford Medicine, and participating in interviews for media outlets and public forums. He also began work on an autobiographical book of his experiences as a doctor and a patient facing a terminal illness. Paul died in March 2015 at the age of 37. His memoir was published posthumously 10 months later. The book included a Foreword by Dr. Abraham Verghese and an Epilogue by Kalanithi’s wife, Lucy." - Wikipedia


When We Remember: Inspiration & Integrity for a Meaningful Funeral by Melissa Abraham

"When We Remember focuses on the critical first week following a death - an intense, emotional crisis period when guidance can make a profound and positive difference to the grief journey. This unique, generous and highly-acclaimed resource draws on many decades of experiences, particularly in understanding the power of music and prose in the rituals of our lives. Starting at a basic level, families are taken step-by-step through the first few days when a loved one dies. Gentle suggestions begin traditionally, moving through to more creative and personal inspiration for creating a meaningful tribute. When We Remember highlights the vital emotional role of a memorial event, and the long-term benefits of knowing what to do at the time." - Amazon 


Woman to Woman: Letters to Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Friends. An Anthology by Michelle Lovric

Michelle Lovric scoured libraries and museums to put together this beautiful book of words between women that celebrates the many ages and stages in women's lives. 


Your Life in Your Hands: Understanding, Preventing and Overcoming Breast Cancer by Prof. Jane Plant

Professor Jane Plant's international bestseller on combating breast cancer through diet and lifestyle changes.