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Maria Popova is a Bulgarian-born, American-based writer of literary and arts commentary and cultural criticism that has found wide appeal, both for its writing and for the visual stylistics that accompany it.
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The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - May 15, 2000 (first published in 1943)
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Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince. Richard Howard's translation of the beloved classic beautifully reflects Saint-Exupéry's unique and gifted style. Howard, an acclaimed poet and one of the preeminent translators of our time, has excelled in bringing the English text as clo...
Maria Popova
Apr 06, 2021
As a child, in Bulgaria, my mother read "The Little Prince" to me. I didn't realize it then, but it was my first exposure to philosophy and poetic literature. I still read this "children's" book once a year every year. Here is its bittersweet origin story:      source
Dusk, Night, Dawn
On Revival and Courage
Anne Lamott - Mar 02, 2021
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"Anne Lamott is my Oprah." -Chicago Tribune From the bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow comes an inspiring guide to restoring hope and joy in our lives.In Dusk Night Dawn, Anne Lamott explores the tough questions that many of us grapple with. How can we recapture the confidence we once had as we stumble through the dark times that seem increas...
Maria Popova
Mar 15, 2021
There is a new soul-salve of a book by @ANNELAMOTT, "Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage." While I savor slowly, the way one takes potent medicine, hasten and fill your own prescription for this existential tonic:      source
Michael Bedard - Oct 08, 2002 (first published in 1992)
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A young girl who lives across the street from the reclusive Emily Dickinson gets her chance to meet the poet when her mother is invited to play the piano for Emily. The girl sneaks up to Emily's room and exchanges a small gift for an authentic poem, which is included in the book....
Maria Popova
Mar 05, 2021
A children's book about Emily Dickinson? Yes, please!      source
The Rabbit Box
Joseph Pintauro - Jan 01, 1970
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The Rainbow Box, consisting of the box itself, four books—A Box of Sun, The Peace Box, The Rabbit Box and The Magic Box plus “The Peace Poster”, honors in art and poetry the four seasons plus the times of life. The idea was to present these four different subjects in individual books that were then put together in as colorful and as exciting a mann...
Maria Popova
Feb 13, 2021
The Rabbit Box – absolutely wonderful and unusual vintage children's book for grownups about the mystery of life and the magic, difficult and beautiful, of falling in love      source
A Life of One's Own
Marion Milner - May 03, 2011 (first published in 1934)
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How often do we ask ourselves, 'What will make me happy? What do I really want from life?' In A Life of One's Own Marion Milner explores these questions and embarks on a seven year personal journey to discover what it is that makes her happy.On its first publication, W. H. Auden found the book 'as exciting as a detective story' and, as Milner searc...
Maria Popova
Feb 01, 2021
A Life of One’s Own – one of the most insightful and helpful books you'll ever read about the art of knowing what you really want and living with self-possession, by a forgotten woman born on this day in 1900      source
The Biggest Bluff
How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win
Maria Konnikova - Jun 23, 2020
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How a New York Times bestselling author and New Yorker contributor parlayed a strong grasp of the science of human decision-making and a woeful ignorance of cards into a life-changing run as a professional poker player, under the wing of a legend of the gameIt's true that Maria Konnikova had never actually played poker before and didn't even know t...
Maria Popova
Dec 09, 2020
The Biggest Bluff – fascinating read on control, chance, and how the psychology of poker illuminates the art of thriving through uncertainty, from the endlessly insightful @mkonnikova      source
Little Panic
Dispatches from an Anxious Life
Amanda Stern - Jun 19, 2018
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In the vein of bestselling memoirs about mental illness like Andrew Solomon's Noonday Demon, Sarah Hepola's Blackout, and Daniel Smith's Monkey Mind comes a gorgeously immersive, immediately relatable, and brilliantly funny memoir about living life on the razor's edge of panic.The world never made any sense to Amanda Stern--how could she trust time...
Maria Popova
Dec 28, 2017
There is no book about which I am more excited in the foreseeable future than "Little Panic" by @amandastern — a rare masterpiece both literary and existential      source
On the Shortness of Life
Seneca - Mar 30, 2018 (first published in 2049)
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The Stoic writings of the philosopher Seneca offer powerful insights into the art of living, the importance of reason and morality, and continue to provide profound guidance to many through their eloquence, lucidity and timeless wisdom.Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves—and each oth...
Maria Popova
A poignant reminder of what we so deeply intuit yet so easily forget and so chronically fail to put into practice.      source
The Republic
Plato - Jan 02, 2018 (first published in 380)
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Packaged in handsome, affordable trade editions, Clydesdale Classics is a new series of essential works. From the musings of intellectuals such as Thomas Paine in Common Sense to the striking personal narrative of Harriet Jacobs in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, this new series is a comprehensive collection of our intellectual history throu...
Maria Popova
I’m actually gobsmacked that this isn’t required in order to be sworn into office, like the Constitution is required for us American immigrants when it comes time to gain American citizenship.      source
On the Move
A Life
Oliver Sacks - Feb 23, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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A New York Times Notable BookOne of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, BookPage, Slate, Men’s JournalWhen Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote: “Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far.” It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. With unbridled ho...
Maria Popova
An uncommonly moving autobiography.      source
Still Writing
The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life
Dani Shapiro - Aug 12, 2014 (first published in 2013)
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“Still Writing offers up a cornucopia of wisdom, insights, and practical lessons gleaned from Dani Shapiro's long experience as a celebrated writer and teacher of writing. The beneficiaries are beginning writers, veteran writers and everyone in between.”—Jennifer EganFrom Dani Shapiro, bestselling author of Devotion and Slow Motion, comes a witty, ...
Maria Popova
The author's magnificent memoir of the writing life, at once disarmingly personal and brimming with widely resonant wisdom on the most universal challenges and joys of writing.      source
The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, 1837-1861 by Henry David Thoreau
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
On science, necessity, and the love of God; by Simone Weil