We offer a selection of books, articles and videos to individuals, families, and health care professionals about psycho-social issues related to living with a facial or physical difference and skills to facilitate effective communication.


1. John, Cleese, writ. Dir. Erskine James . The Human Face. BBC: 2001. Television.

2. Perrett, David, dir. Face Value: Perceptions of Beauty. Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2006. Film.

3. The Face: The Evolution of Beauty. Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1998. Film.

4. Pell, Charlene. Down in Flames, Up in Love. Pell Communications. 1999. www.facingforwardinc.org



1. Goffman, Erving. Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity. Touchstone, 1986.

2. Lansdown, Richard, Rumsey Nichola, Bradbury Eileen, Tony Carr, and James Partridge. Visibly Different: Coping with Disfigurement. Hodder Arnold Publishers, 1997.

3. Trust, Doreen. Overcoming Disfigurement: Defeating the Problems – Physical, Social and Emotional. Thorsons, 1986.

4. Hughes, Michael. The Social Consequences of Facial Disfigurement. Avebury, 1998.

5. Rumsey, Nichola, and Diana Harcourt. The Psychology of Appearance. Open University Press, 2005. <>.

6. Beuf, Ann. Beauty Is the Beast: Appearance-Impaired Children in America. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990.

7. Grogan, Sarah. Body Image: Understanding Body Dissatisfaction in Men, Women and Children. Routledge, 1998.

8. Kemp, Sandra. Future Face: Image, Identity, Innovation. Profile Books, 2005.

9. Cole, Jonathan. About Face. A Bradford Book , 1999.

10. Lytsy, Anna. Another Face. Mun-H-Center Forlag, 2006.

11. Williams, Kipling, Joseph Forgas, and William Von Hippel. The Social Outcast: Ostracism, Social Exclusion, Rejection, and Bullying. Psychology Press, 2005.

12. Rice , Carla. Talking about Body Image, Identity, Disability, and Difference: A Facilitator’s Manual. 2003. {This is a .pdf manual – link}

13. Bradbury, Eileen. Counselling People with Disfigurement. Wiley-Blackwell, 1996.

14. Partridge, James. Changing Faces: The Challenge of Facial Disfigurement. London, 1994.

15. Demarais, Ann, and Valerie White. First Impressions: What You Don’t Know About How Others See You. Bantam, 2005.

16. Etcoff, Nancy. Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty. Anchor, 2000.

17. Sheldrake, Rupert. Sense of Being Stared at. Random House, 2004.

18. Wolf, Naomi. The Beauty Myth. Vintage Books, 1991.

19. Deits, Bob. Life After Loss: A Personal Guide Dealing With Death, Divorce, Job Change and Relocation. Da Capo Press, 2000.

20. Charkins, Hope. Children with Facial Difference: A Parents’ Guide. Woodbine House, 1996.

21. Huddleston, Peggy. Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster: A Guide Of Mind-Body Techniques. Angel River Press, 1996.

22. Macgregor, Frances. After plastic surgery: Adaptation and adjustment. Praeger, 1979.

23. Bernstein, Norman. Emotional Care of the Facially Burned and Disfigured. Little Brown & Co., 1976.


1. Beauty and the Doctor: Moral Issues in Health Care with Regard to Appearance. European Commission Research on Bioethics.

2. The Spotlight Effect in Social Judgment: An Egocentric Bias in Estimates of the Salience of One’s Own Actions and Appearance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2000, Vol. 78, No. 2, 211-222.

3. Tools to Handle Questions and Teasing. Phoenix Society Burn Support News, Fall 2001 Issue 3.

4. Pell, Charlene. An Inside Look At Being Outside of Ordinary. About Face, Spring Edition 2013.

5. Pell, Charlene, Now I Can See the Trees, the Flowers, the Birds, the Sky and the Rain. The Stories, Experiences of Relationship-Centered Care, Fetzer Institute, 2001 :11-13.



1. Palacio, R.J. Wonder. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2012.

2. Flake, Sharon. The Skin I’m In. Jump At The Sun, 1900.

3. Lang, Diane. The Fat Boy Chronicles. Sleeping Bear Press, 2010.

4. Byrd, Lee. Riley’s Fire. A Shannon Ravenel Book, 2006.

5. Abbott, Tony. Firegirl. Brown Books for Young Readers, 2007.


1. Dr. Seuss, First. The Sneetches and Other Stories. Random House, 1961.


1. Sonnenberg, Joel, and Gregg Lewis. Joel. Zondervan, 2004.

2. Fisher , Mark. The Instant Millionaire: A Tale of Wisdom and Wealth. New World Library, 1993.

3. Connolly, Kevin. Double Take: A Memoir. Harper, 2009.

4. Nielson, Stephanie. Heaven Is Here: An Incredible Story of Hope, Triumph, and Everyday Joy. Voice, 2012.

5. King, Sorrel. Josie’s Story: A Mother’s Inspiring Crusade to Make Medical Care Safe. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2008.

6. Grealy, Lucy. Autobiography of a Face. Houghton Misslin Co., 1994.

7. Greenwald, Laura. Eye of the Beholder: True Stories of People with Facial Differences. Kaplan Publishing, 2009.

8. Kirberger, Kimberly. No Body’s Perfect: Stories by Teens about Body Image, Self-Acceptance, and the Search for Identity. Scholastic Paperbacks, 2003.

9. Birdwell, Brian, Mel Birdwell, and Ginger Kolbaba. Refined by Fire: A Family’s Triumph of Love and Faith. Tyndale House Publishers, 2004.

10. Manning, Greg. Love, Greg & Lauren. Bantam, 2002.

11. Manning, Lauren. Unmeasured Strength. Henry Holt and Co., 2011.

12. Goldman, Jami. Up and Running: The Jami Goldman Story. Atria Books, 2002.

13. Heagy, Ron, and Donita Dyer. Never Give Up: How Tragedy Taught Me That Life Is an Attitude. Harvest House Publications, 2002.

14. Tynan, Ronan. Halfway Home: My Life ’til Now. Scribner, 2001.

15. Broaddus, Cindi, and Kimberly Suiters. A Random Act: An Inspiring True Story of Fighting to Survive and Choosing to Forgive . William Morrow, 2005.

16. Mitchell, W., and Brad Lemley. The Man Who Would Not Be Defeated. Wrs Pub, 1993.

17. Mitchell, W. It’s Not What Happens to You, It’s What You Do about It . Partners Publishers Group, 1997.

18. Pessotti, George. Reason for Living: A Burn Survivor’s Story of Hope and Rebirth. Our American Journeys, 2005.