Books That Shaped Me
In my young-adult years...
- •I Know This Much Is Trueby Wally Lamb — I read this when I was maybe (certainly) too young to be reading it, but the language was so accessible that despite its daunting length, I became invested quickly. I think this book made me realize for the first time what it means to say that we as individuals are so much more alike than we are different.
- •The Secret Life of Beesby Sue Monk Kidd — This book gave me some of my earliest exposure to the issues of racial inequality throughout America's history. Beautiful, compelling, and insightful. It's still extremely relevant today.
- •Love You Foreverby Robert Munsch — My parents used to read this to me when I was a kid, and back then I would tease them about it — but I secretly loved it, and to this day I find it remarkably emotional for a little picture book.
- •Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addictionby David Sheff — This story is intense, and chapter by chapter it feels very real. David Sheff's appeals to the reader as a father were heart wrenching. The book was a reminder for me to be more compassionate, and forgiving in my everyday life.
- •A Series Of Unfortunate Eventsby Lemony Snicket — I absolutely adored these growing up, and I still do today. Clever, thrilling, and so much fun.
- •A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of A Boy Soldierby Ishmael Beah — A genuine story of courage, and bravery by someone who has lived through extremely painful circumstances. If you want perspective on life, read this.