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.
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This powerful novel follows four college friends as they navigate their way through New York in search of fame and fortune. Tinged by addiction, success, and pride, their relationships deepen over the decades, held together by their devotion to the troubled and enigmatic Jude. A beautiful hymn to brotherhood and a masterful depiction of love in the modern world, A Little Life explores the families we are born into and those we create for ourselves.
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
Explore the impact of growing up gay in a straight world with a focus on coming to terms with the past. The author, drawing on his own journey and contemporary psychological research, reveals the toxic cocktail of shame, rejection, and anger that gay men can internalize, leading to negative outcomes like drug abuse, promiscuity, and depression. Velvet Rage details a path to emotional well-being for gay men and debunks the myth of gay pride.
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
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Discover the secrets of creativity and innovation through the captivating story of an ordinary man searching for meaning in his work and life. "The Spark" takes you inside the world of Cirque du Soleil, the renowned laboratory of creativity that has enthralled audiences for over two decades with their dazzling acrobatics, music, and technical effects. Former president of creative content, Lyn Heward, reveals how the artists, directors, designers, and technicians create magical and otherworldly theatrical experiences, and how anyone can unlock the power of their imagination. With inspirational behind-the-scenes stories, "The Spark" is an unparalleled guide on how to make creativity a part of everything you do.
One of my favorite books. – source
A mermaid princess saves a prince from drowning and risks everything in order to win his love and gain an immortal soul. This edition of the beloved Hans Christian Andersen classic includes stunning illustrations from both the original Danish and first English editions, perfect for enchanting young readers. Plus, helpful notes make it easy for even grade schoolers to understand.
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
Unleash your creativity with a guide to overcome the greatest enemy: resistance. Discover unique and helpful ways to express yourself with the support of bestselling author Steven Pressfield.
Half drill sergeant, half Zen voodoo master, the author shot me out of my stupor and taught me the meaning of creative discipline. – source
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Escape into the magical world of Fantastica with Bastian Balthazar Bux, a shy bookworm who becomes a character in The Neverending Story. As he uncovers the danger of this enchanted world, he discovers that he's the chosen one to save it. Will he succeed in overcoming the barrier between reality and imagination to save Fantastica?
An amazing book. – source
A timeless classic of spiritual literature, this Taoist text speaks to the qualities of an enlightened leader and a balanced, harmonious life. Written over two thousand years ago, it offers insights helpful not only for personal growth but also in leadership, business, and politics today. A remarkable English translation by a leading scholar, this compact and portable edition is part of the Shambhala Pocket Library series, featuring short, accessible teachings from renowned figures that distill wisdom from over 50 years of Shambhala Publications.
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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