PSA: Do I have any people out in Las Vegas with a studio space connection? I'm coming next month and thought it'd be great to do a little pop up class or workshop there. Let us know if you so. And, don't forget about our summer weekend retreats!
Summer is, I think, my favorite season. I love the warmth and the sunshine, and spending weekends at the beach with a great book. Today we're sharing fifteen books I've either read or want to read that are about inspiring and fascinating lives. Take a look and if we missed one, let us know in the comments down below!
1. Wild: From Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed - An inspiring story (and now a movie with Reese Witherspoon) about a woman who walks the Pacific Crest Trail after losing her mother, her marriage in ruins, and her life generally falling apart at the seams.
2. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah - The memoir of Ishmael Beah, a young boy from Sierra Leone who had to literally fight for his life as a child soldier.
3. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson - Fascinating stories about Steve Jobs from interviews with family members, friends and other people who knew him. Great pick up for any entrepreneur.
4. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai - The incredible story of the young woman who was shot point blank when she stood up against the Taliban to campaign for the rights for girls in education.
5. Bossypants by Tina Fey - Funny girl Tina Fey writes a funny and inspirational memoir.
6. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela - The life of the extraordinary moral and political leader Nelson Mandela is shared in this autobiography. An inspirational look at his life from unimaginable struggle to ultimate triumph.
7. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman - Both funny and heartbreaking, this is the memoir of a girl whose life was all coming together. She was happy, engaged, and busy planning her wedding...until she was arrested for a crime she committed years prior.
8. Liar Temptress Soldier Spy by Karen Abbott - The true, little known story about four incredible, undercover women who played major parts in the civil war.
9. Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland - Misty Copeland is the only African American female soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. This is her story.
10. GI Brides: The Wartime Girls by Duncan Barrett - The true story of four British women who married American soldiers and their lives after they left the UK and assimilated into American life.
11. Diary of a Mad Diva by Joan Rivers - Funny woman Joan Rivers is behind this diary-style book that's easy to dip in and dip out of. In it, she boundaries are pushed (as was Joan's style) and there's funny commentary and musings on everyday life.
12. Finding Me by Michelle Knight - Do you remember the three girls who escaped from the basement of their abductor in 2013? This the story of one of those girls. Incredibly moving.
13. Everybody’s Got Something by Robin Roberts - The Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts is following her mama's advice to "make your mess your message" and in this book she takes us through all she's been through - from breast cancer to a rare blood disorder.
14. Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres - A smart, funny, quick read that uplifts and inspires, as only sweet Ellen can do.
15. Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body by Martin Pistorius - A heartbreaking yet uplifting story about a boy who came home from school one day with a sore throat. He fell progressively more ill and eventually was wheelchair bound and completely mute. His parents were told it was an unknown degenerative disease...but in all actuality, he was there, trapped inside his own body, completely aware.