If you're like me and tend to believe that people are inherently good (at least on my good days), Reviving Ophelia provides great explanations of how the outside world (media, sexism, etc.) effects the inward life of girls and women.
A few years after writing Ophelia, Mary Pipher wrote Writing to Change the World in 2006. I happened upon the book a few weeks ago and have finally started to dig in. In the introduction Mary writes about how technology has overstimulated and disempowered us.
"Technology advances rapidly as collective wisdom declines. We are a nation good at consuming and poor at savoring."
I believe this, too. Technology is all around us, and for the most part, living, breathing, feeling people are not. It's become so easy to refer to those people we do see as "alien," "illegal," and "terrorist" because it's easier to label them than to say hello.
From my own experiences of moving around the U.S./Germany, I stayed more in touch through letters and phone calls in those pre-internet days than I now do with friends across town via the current social networks we all belong to.
My anti-consumerism aside, there will never be an app for smelling roses. Some of the very best things are actually still free.