Because I only started reading for pleasure again when I graduated college 😕
  1. Tiny Beautiful Things - Cheryl Strayed
    A collection of Dear Sugar columns from the online literary magazine The Rumpus, Cheryl Strayed is a beautiful soul and a fountain of wisdom and empathy. One thing that has stuck with me is the notion that you can't force someone to love you. It seems so obvious, but accepting and reminding myself of this idea has really helped me move forward. Also, Cheryl Strayed would kill it on ListApp. Let's invite her.
  2. Being Mortal - Atul Gawande
    Being Mortal is surgeon writer Atul Gawande's book about how modern medicine, despite all its advances, has failed to preserve quality of life for those who are very sick and dying. I previously had not given much thought to the value of geriatric medicine and palliative care. This book caused me to reexamine the deaths of those around me, my grandparents in particular. Like many of the cases in the book (including Gawande's father), they suffered unnecessarily at the end of their lives.
  3. Beloved - Toni Morrison
    It's as good as everyone says it is. Toni Morrison is poetic and talented, and Beloved is powerful and a work of art. I saw Toni Morrison speak earlier this year, and more so than the book, her words stayed with me. She was talking about the difference between two dimensional characters and people. She essentially said you become a real meaningful person the day you do something for somebody else.