Leslie Johansen Nack. Fourteen. The author and her two sisters sailed with their dad at impreshionable ages. Pushed to their limits, at the mercy of their dad and the ocean, this story resonates so personally with me and my own story. Nack takes you on an adventure of spirit, sail and young adulthood that confronts every emotion. I thank her for her honesty, insight, and beautiful prose.
Paulo Coehlo. Anything he has ever written-An ongoing passion for this writer inspires and awes with every reading. Coelho investigates everything from sexuality and passion, adultery, spiritual drive, despair, to magic and love. He is able to dive into each of his characters with a unique and shamanistic embodiment to portray their broad inner spectrum, at least a part of which the reader can relate to. He is such a gift to us in his bold exploration of humanity and nature, I am forever indebted.
Pam Houston. Cowboys Are My Weakness-This book inspired me to write. Houston brings the secret inner life of love, passion and individuality out in the open in such a magical way.
Cheryl Strayed. Wild-Not only is her story real, intriguing and inspiring, Strayed is an enormous support for the writing community. Her workshops are full of life and creative spark.
History: Nial Ferguson, Empire. Clear and entertaining perspective on a foundation with capacious ramifications our world and humanity grapples with in many ways. T.H. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Insight into a past and history of culture, religion, people and land that we may not otherwise have access to.