1.) “Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town” by Jon Krakauer.
This was an important read and a difficult read. Important because Krakauer (best-selling author of “Into Thin Air” and others) goes into painstaking detail to relate what happened to young college women in Missoula, but difficult because their stories aren’t pleasant, specifically how they were treated by their attackers, their communities, and the justice system. We’d all rather not know what went on (and what goes on) in some places in America concerning young women and rape, but maybe we all should because it’s not right.
2.) “Make Good Art” by Neil Gaiman.
Neil Gaiman gave a great speech in 2012 at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. You can read that speech (or watch it) for free here, but I bought this book because it’s a cool little example of what a talented graphic designer can do with text. The reader’s experience changes from a computer gleaning to something totally different. The experience becomes special.
Why would I be interested in that? Because, dear reader, I have a new book coming out in December and it will be something you hold in your hand and treasure. (If you were lucky enough to get one of the Kickstarter editions of my first book “Live Like That” then you have a hint of what I’m talking about, and I think you’re going to like this new one.)
3.) “The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America” by David Whyte.
I never would have known about this little gem if the fabulous Maria Popova of Brain Pickings hadn’t mentioned David Whyte in a podcast, but wow am I glad I found him. If you’re an employee (or an entrepreneur) and trying to figure out how to keep your soul alive and abandon that dead feeling inside every time you walk into the office, this book is for you. I checked it out from the library but liked it so much that I bought my own copy.
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