What I’ve Been Reading

Apr 9, 2019

I’m overdue to share what I’ve enjoyed in my eclectic reading life. Pick and choose what calls to you. Hope you find new books and ideas!


A Neuroscientist on Love and Learning: An Interview with Richard Davidson
Because love is everything. Pair with a Loving Kindness Meditation by Sylvia Boorstein or my friend Gordon’s interview about silence.

No Expert, No Guru by Austin Kleon. This is a good reminder for me that I only have to share my experiences, not be an expert. And I’m really looking forward to his new book How to Keep Going

My Cookbook Crushes by Nora Ephron
We are reading this at my retreats this year to learn how she did it.

The Miracle of the Mundane by Heather Havrilesky

Writing Routines
These are useful interviews.

Dear Photograph
Go ahead and cry as you celebrate being connected.


Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Sneaks up on you and packs a love punch. And his sentences! Swoon.

Lost Children Archive by Valerie Luiselli
To quote the review on Goodreads, “Blending the personal and the political with astonishing empathy, it is a powerful, wholly original work of fiction: exquisite, provocative, and deeply moving.”

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
My heart is bigger and smarter.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give
My daughter loves rap, but I hate it. I wanted to understand it and this gave me so much more than understanding.

Stoner by John Willams
If you are craving a classic, don’t mind a grim story, and love luminous show-don’t-tell writing, get this. I couldn’t put it down. Bob, my husband, loved his book Butcher’s Crossing.

The Humans by Matt Haig
Loved!!!!!! Perfect for book club, for reading with your family, or for when you are wondering “why bother?”


Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
I’ve got a literary crush! Read this if you are depressed, have ever been, or know someone who is or has been. In other words, everybody needs to read this book.

The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Part mystery, part social commentary, and 100% love letter to libraries.

Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
Brene quoted me for the second time in this book. That makes me so proud.

The Book of Delights by Ross Gay
Essayettes, as he calls them, about different moments and things that delight him as a biracial poet with an enormous heart. His observations about racism will startle you awake.

Figuring by Maria Popova
No idea what to make of this book except that I can’t put it down. If you love her newsletter, “Brain Pickings,” but have long wanted to read something of hers that was all hers, this is it.

How to Fix a Broken Record by Amena Brown

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