LADY READS: SUMMER
There is something about summer that makes us want to pick up a good book, settle down in the grass or in a hammock, and just lose ourselves for days reading. With just a few weeks left before Labor Day, we thought we would reach out to some of our Ladies to ask them what they've been reading this season—and hopefully provide you with some literary sustenance through the final dog days. - LMH
Alice Lane, Makeup Artist
I am not a natural reader. I wish I was. This book has been on the shelf for 4 years and it screamed out to me at the beginning of the summer. I’m so happy it did. Berlin’s stories slap me in the face. After I have finished each one I have to sit and take a breath.
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander, MD (2012)
Written by a distinguished neurosurgeon, who was attacked by a rare illness of the brain and was in a coma for 1 week. They were certain he would not recover.
The book is an intimate and detailed memoir of Dr. Alexander's' experience with his encounter with the afterlife and his miraculous comeback .
The book reinforced my belief that death is not the end of existence. It's only a transition.
Lives Other Than My Own by Emmanuel Carrère (2012)
The book I am reading at the moment is an English translation of Emmanuel Carrère’s memoir. The title is exactly what the book is about : a beautiful and intimate memoir about love and courage of several people he had met and shared experiences with. It's very moving....
I've been so busy putting together Rendering Unconscious, the book and the podcast. Rendering Unconscious brings together international scholars, psychoanalysts, psychologists, philosophers, researchers, writers and poets; reflecting on current events, politics, the state of mental health care, the arts, literature, mythology, and the cultural climate; thoughtfully evaluating this moment of crisis, its implications, wide-ranging effects, and the social structures that have brought us to this point of urgency.
I recently read Circe by Madeline Miller, which was excellent and very empowering for women.
Liz Goldwyn, Filmmaker & Founder The Sex Ed
Loving Lisa Taddeo Three Women; Heng Ou The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother & next week’s podcast guest Carrie Goldberg brand new book (Out August 13!), Nobody's Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls.
Fiorella Valdesolo, Writer & EOC of Gather Magazine
I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve been delinquent about reading books since the babe was born. I find myself mostly just reading news nowadays which needs to change, BUT the one thing I keep going back to lately is Be Here Now by Ram Dass. Aluna is so taken with the illustrations and we will flip through together and read a few pages every other day or so. His words always serve as a great reminder to be present and to lead with compassion.
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