6 books on the list
Latest Recommendations First
I'm Glad My Mom Died
This memoir by a former child actor details her struggles with eating disorders, addiction, and a tumultuous relationship with her overbearing mother who pushed her to become a star. Despite achieving fame on Nickelodeon, the author's anxiety and self-loathing only worsened. When her mother passed away from cancer, the author finally finds the strength to quit acting and embark on a journey of self-discovery and recovery. Told with refreshing honesty and dark humor, this memoir is an inspiring tale of resilience and independence.
I will say at first the title stunned me. But then I saw an interview with @jennettemccurdy and was so impressed I bough the book. Read the book. Couldn’t put it down. Cried. Loved it. It’s a very powerful read. ❤️ – source
Also recommended byChristina WarrenElla Dawson
On Truth, Love, and How I Met My 35 Siblings
Discover the captivating story of one unconventional family and their journey of discovery, as they navigate the secrets and surprises of their past. Follow Chrysta Bilton and her sister as they explore the complex dynamics of their family, which includes a larger-than-life gay mother, a donor father with more secrets than they ever imagined, and nearly forty siblings. From the boom-and-bust economy of 80s and 90s California to the world's largest sperm bank, Normal Family is a heartfelt account of embracing family in all its diverse forms.
Please read this book. It is just so special and you won’t be able to put it down. I laughed. I cried. A true page turner. @chrystaolson, it’s a masterpiece. #normalfamily Normal Family: On Truth, Love, and How I Met My 35 Siblings – source
My Life in Music and Beyond
This memoir from the founder of Island Records chronicles his life and career bringing reggae music to the world stage, working with iconic musicians like Bob Marley, U2, and Grace Jones. From his rebellious youth between Jamaica and London, to founding Island Records and his impromptu meeting with Marley, Chris Blackwell never took the conventional route. The book also explores his work with other groundbreaking artists and the opening of the first Jamaican boutique hotel. A lyrical, warmhearted, and inspirational memoir perfect for music enthusiasts.
While reading the incredible autobiography of Chris Blackwell, I learned that Ian Fleming wrote all 14 James Bond novels each winter for 6 weeks for 14 years. One book a year over 6 weeks. Can you even? #TheIslander #onelove 🇯🇲 – source
Experience a breathtaking journey of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty in this novel. Set in the early 1900s, follow Sunja, a young girl who falls for a wealthy stranger and becomes pregnant. Deciding to marry a gentle sickly minister instead, Sunja's decision sets off a dramatic saga that spans generations. With complex and passionate characters, this novel takes you on a journey through bustling markets, the halls of prestigious universities, and the criminal underworld. Richly told and profoundly moving, this is a tale of strong women, devoted siblings, and fathers struggling with moral crisis against the backdrop of history.
THIS is one hell of a book. 💕💕💕 – source
Also recommended byBarack ObamaEddie S. Glaude Jr.Jia TolentinoDiedrich BaderSusan J. FowlerAnne-Laure Le CunffSarah ParcakJonny Geller
In the Garden of Beasts
Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
Set in 1933 Berlin, the first American ambassador to Nazi Germany watches with growing concern as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts. While his flamboyant daughter is caught up in the excitement of the "New Germany," the Dodds experience intrigue, romance, and ultimately, horror as Hitler's true character and ruthless ambition are revealed. With unforgettable portraits of top Nazis, In the Garden of Beasts offers a gripping, eyewitness account of events as they unfold in real time, revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity.
@msuster That is truly one of my most favorite books & a book I’ve recommended for years to everyone in my life. The Germans description of feeling “anesthetized” during the whole horror. People who didn’t have any issues with Jewish people say just they inexplicably swept up by Hitler. – source
Also recommended byTim O’ReillySteve SchmidtTommy VietorChris MessinaRaychelle Burks
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
A heartwarming and inspiring fable for all ages, this book by a beloved British illustrator features four unlikely friends who embark on a journey of self-discovery and universal lessons. Through 100 stunning hand-drawn illustrations and charming, hand-written text, readers will laugh, cry, and be reminded of the power of kindness, hope, and friendship. A must-read modern classic for fans of The Tao of Pooh and The Alchemist.
Once in a while there’s a thing that just gets people to feel love & joy, and warmth & be inspired and touched all at the same time. It’s rare but when it happens it’s magical. That’s @charliemackesy and his important drawings and his new book #theboythemolethefoxandthehorse – source
Also recommended byKristin BauerGerry AdamsCharlie WebsterFedor HolzNeil PasrichaKenton CoolKelly Wickham HurstSimon Smith