NEW THING #26:
READ A BIOGRAPHY
This is going to be embarrassing. I always thought that biographies or memoirs are BORING.
I mean who likes reading long Wikipedia entries about dead people? But I must admit I was quite wrong!
I’ve just finished reading Huston Smith’s autobiography, and it really messed up my early bedtime routine.
I sunk into it & literally couldn’t put the book away. I read in in just a couple of evenings. It was that good!
If you’ve never heard of Huston Smith – this guy is called the world religions rock star. He practiced all major world’s religions to bring them all closer to people & understand how they complement. His adventures, his learnings, his hunger for experimenting & trying new things are super inspiring. And he’s quite a good writer, too.
Check out this quote:
She told me she’d been thinking about angels. Not Christian angels, she added, but... she was referring to the Kabala, in which every mitzvah (good deed) people perform creates an “angel.” Those angels don’t vanish with the acts that brought them into being but live on, affecting the balance between good and evil in the world.
Anyway, I'm ready to add more biographies to my reading list!
I already have Benjamin Franklin an American Life by Walter Isaacson & Michelle Obama's Becoming waiting for me.
Here's the list of suggestions from my Instagram friends:
- The Story of My Experiments with Truth the autobiography of Mohandas K. Gandhi,
- Truth & Beauty - Ann Patchett
- Autobiography of a Face - Lucy Grealy
- Autobiography of Malcolm X
- Born a Crime - Trevor Noah
Any other suggestions?