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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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A Responsibility to Awe
Rebecca Elson - Sep 27, 2018 (first published in 2001)
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Rebecca Elson's A Responsibility to Awe reissued as a Carcanet ClassicA Responsibility to Awe is a contemporary classic, a book of poems and reflections by a scientist for whom poetry was a necessary aspect of research, crucial to understanding the world and her place in it, even as, having contracted terminal cancer, she confronted her early death...
Maria Popova
May 19, 2021
"Sometimes as an antidote To fear of death, I eat the stars." Astronomer Rebecca Elson died on this day in 1939, not yet forty, leaving behind 56 scientific papers and a slender, stunning book of poems. Here is her best:      source
Kenny's Window
Maurice Sendak - Nov 26, 2002 (first published in 1956)
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Kenny dreams of a fabulous land where he would like to live always, and in his search for it discovers many things about himself and about growing up. ‘An unusual, imaginative story . . . in which reality blends with make-believe.' 'SLJ. 1956 Children's Spring Book Festival Honor Book (NY Herald Tribune)...
Maria Popova
May 08, 2021
Remembering "Where the Wild Things Are" creator Maurice Sendak, who died 9 years ago today, with his superb little-known debut – a philosophical "children's" book about knowing what you really want      source
The Paper-Flower Tree
Jacqueline Ayer - Jun 20, 2017 (first published in 1962)
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A passing old peddler gives a little girl a “seed” to grow a paper flower tree, and though the other villagers scoff, her faith is rewarded. This is a beautiful book, set in a lush and colorful Thailand, about a community and a girl whose dreams become reality.Jacqueline Ayer was a Jamaican-American, born in New York City in 1930. She began her edu...
Maria Popova
May 02, 2021
Lovely philosophical children's book about the courage to defy cynicism and the generative power of the imagination by the pioneering Jamaican-American designer, artist, and author Jacqueline Ayer, born on this day in 1930      source
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
Emily
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
On the Move by Oliver Sacks
Still Writing by Dani Shapiro
The Republic by Plato
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