Books That Shaped Me

In my young-adult years...
  1. I Know This Much Is True
    by 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.
  2. The Secret Life of Bees
    by 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.
  3. Love You Forever
    by 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.
  4. Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
    by 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.
  5. A Series Of Unfortunate Events
    by Lemony Snicket — I absolutely adored these growing up, and I still do today. Clever, thrilling, and so much fun.
  6. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of A Boy Soldier
    by 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.