Stories that changed my life in 2012.

 

1. Q & A from StoryCorps

This conversation is one of the most moving + inspiring I have ever been lucky enough to hear. Grab a tissue and click on the above video. It’s beautiful and unforgettable.

2. The Gold Ring by Jeff Greenwald

I’m a new fan of Jeff and have been devouring his stories on Snap Judgment. (Okay, every story on Snap Judgment)

The Gold Ring is an incredible story about serendipity + magic. You can listen in here.

3. The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness by Joel ben Izzy

The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness: A True Story by Joel ben Izzy

I rarely finish books these days. Almost never! But I ripped through this inspiring memoir in a matter of hours. It has all the elements I love most in a book – beautifully told, full of wisdom, with ancient stories woven throughout. It is gorgeous you guys. This book will transform the way you look at your own life and your own story.

Anne Lamott blurbs it on the cover, ““What a gift, what a blessing, funny, brilliant, wise.”

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4. A Kiss Before You Go by Danny Gregory

A Kiss Before You Go: An Illustrated Memoir of Love and Loss by Danny Gregory

If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time you know that I am a big fan of Danny Gregory. He writes + illustrates gorgeous memoirs (Everyday Matters) and his brand new book is no exception.

In fact, it is breathtaking.

It chronicles the life and death of his wife Patti, and explores how we go on when something impossible happens. Pure poetry.

I was lucky enough to visit Danny and Patti years ago in NYC and will never forget her awesome spirit. Big love bursting out of this book. It’s a love story you will never forget.

There is a more complete review on Oprah.com this week. You can find it here.

One Comment

  1. Amber
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    We love Joel Ben Izzy! We saw him at the GTU in Berkeley a few years ago, and still listen to the CD of his stories. Magical!

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