Soman Chainani is an American author and filmmaker, best known for writing the children's book series The School for Good and Evil. He attended Harvard University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English & American Literature. After graduation, he went on to attend Columbia University, where he participated in their MFA Film Program.
7 books on this list
A lucid translation of the well-known Taoist classic by a leading scholar-now in a Shambhala Pocket Library edition. Written more than two thousand years ago, the Tao Teh Ching, or -The Classic of the Way and Its Virtue, - is one of the true classics of the world of spiritual literature. Traditionally attributed to the legendary -Old Master, - Lao ...
I remember reading it and being like okay, this makes no sense. But you just keep reading it again and again and slowly, I started to get the point of it. – source
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A Little Life follows four college classmatesbroke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambitionas they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success, and pride, deepen over the decades, the men are held together by their devotion to the brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a man...
The greatest work of fiction I’ve ever read, with the simplest theme: All of us come with baggage and wounds and pain; all of us. – source
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The classic tale of Bastian and the book that magically comes to lifeBastian Balthazar Bux is shy, awkward, and certainly not heroic. His only escape is reading books. When Bastian happens upon an old book called The Neverending Story, he's swept into the magical world of Fantasticaso much that he finds he has actually become a character in the sto...
An amazing book. – source
The most important issue in a gay man’s life is not “coming out,” but coming to terms with the invalidating past. Despite the progress made in recent years, many gay men still wonder, “Are we better off?” The byproduct of growing up gay in a straight world continues to be the internalization of shame, rejection, and anger—a toxic cocktail that can ...
Ostensibly about if you grow up a gay man, how to deal with it in the world. But I think it’s more about modern masculinity and about what it means to be a man in America. – source
Internationally bestselling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire, and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it....
Half drill sergeant, half Zen voodoo master, the author shot me out of my stupor and taught me the meaning of creative discipline. – source
This book is also recommended byJoe RoganDaniel PinkRyan HolidayDerek SiversLex FridmanMarie ForleoJames AltucherAubrey MarcusJeffrey Shaw
After saving a prince from drowning, a mermaid princess embraces a life of extreme self-sacrifice to win his love and gain an immortal soul. Over a century after its first publication, Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" persists as one of the world's most enduring works of fantasy for children.This edition combines the world-famous tran...
You look at The Little Mermaid movie. Arielle should die brutally in that movie because she’s an idiot, a complete idiot. To read the original book, where she dies at the end, suddenly made sense. – source
Creativity and innovation are widely recognized as essential to success in business, and so many aspects of our lives. For over two decades, Cirque du Soleil has been a world-renowned laboratory of creativity, enthralling audiences around the world by fusing dazzling acrobatics, staging and choreography, and music, along with beautiful costumes and...
One of my favorite books. – source