The Boys in the Boat
by Daniel James Brown
Okay… I tried to plow through this one because a friend read it for one of their college classes and it seemed interesting to me but honestly that was a colossal mistake for me. It’s a true story about the 1936 US Olympic rowing team and I really identify with the man who’s story is in the center of this book, Joe Rantz. He was abandoned and abused, left behind wondering what he could have done differently, never feeling quite like he was enough, and had to work hard to scrape by to achieve his goals. But it’s more than that: there are a lot of brilliant nuggets of wisdom in this book so I find myself having to pause and absorb, chew on it a for a few days before going on. Honestly, I’m not even done yet but I don’t want to rush through this and miss some of the wisdom in the words just to be done. (Thanks for the recommendation, R-)
The Gift of Fear
by Gavin de Becker
There’s a lot of flack given to people ~ especially women ~ for having “a feeling” about something. People mock and tease us when we say there’s something wrong and we cannot put our fingers on it because we don’t have any tangible proof of it but to get the proof of it in order to validate others who we feel judging us means staying in situations that are inherently unsafe and allowing ourselves to be hurt. This book highlights the intuition as a function of the brain and shows how the instinct to survive and listening to the fear when it comes is a powerful weapon that keeps us alive.
by G. Lorimer Moseley
Metaphors and stories to help understand the biology of pain… And to make you spit coffee out of your nose into your mask when reading alone in Starbucks. In all seriousness, Lorimer Moseley is ranked higher than even Brene Brown inside my head right now because he’s equally as accessible as she is with the wisdom and insight he imparts, fully injected with humor and warmth, but he really teaches about the depths of the brain as an organ and WHY things are the way they are. I love that.