Three Books to Make You Think
What I’m reading this week that you might like:
1.) “Willpower” by Roy F. Baumeister
An interesting look into the concept of willpower: what it is, how do we exercise it, can we manipulate it? Helpful for coaches, parents, and just about anybody struggling to accomplish anything. It’s got research and advice. Win win.
2.) “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls
A memoir of life in a family that was really different. Captivating without being depressing. I think I read this book in four days. It was my go-to book upon rising each morning. I simply had to know what happened next to the narrator.
3.) “Girls Standing on Lawns” by Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler
I confess: I’ve had this book for five months and it hasn’t left my reading table. I return to it weekly because I’m a sucker for lines like “You don’t have to be self-conscious. We’re all fools” combined with old photographs and the art of Kalman. It’s not a book for everyone (my kids shake their heads: “only you, Mom, and your weird, arty books”), but there’s something here that touches me deeply. Maybe it’s the melancholy. Maybe it’s the subtle joy. Maybe it’s that this book doesn’t tell too much and leaves it to the reader to imagine the rest of the story.
Honorable Mention: My book! If you don’t have “Live Like That”, check it out! It’s on Amazon right now in softcover, and the Kindle version will hopefully be up soon. (We ran into some technical difficulties converting the book, but the Kindle folks are working on it now.)