Right now I am sitting at my desk, Riggins, my black mischievous cat, is perched on the back of my chair above my head. I hear my partner Jay going in and out of the front door packing up his car for band practice. He will be gone for hours, I have a rare evening alone stretching out ahead of me.
As I look around my office at the stacks of books, the sleeping cats, the colorful curtains, a cup of hot tea, my black meditation cushion, my iPhone 6, I can not help but think of how utterly grateful I am for my amazing simple life.
Now this is not simple as in a minimalist notion of simple, I have way too many books and maybe cats for that, but simple in, it doesn’t take much to feed my soul. A good book to read, something to write with, and maybe a way to take photographs of the world around me. These grant me so much abundance and space to feed my creative passions and my mind. Books in particular are a cornerstone of my life. There are literally stacks of books in every single room in my home.
I wanted to share with you my favorite of 2014. So over the last week I traveled throughout the house to collect my favorites to curate a list to share. As I sat down at my desk tonight I realized my “2014 favorite” pile towered with over 30 titles. I can’t pick just a few, there is no way to have “favorites”—they all are my favorite. So instead I will share a few that stood out for me.
Here are some that books that nourish my heart
When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voiceby Terry Tempest Williams
Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoirby Beth Kephart
Just Breathe Normally (American Lives)by Peggy Shumaker
Once I Was Cool: Personal Essays by Megan Stielstra
Devotion: A Memoir by Dani Shapiro
All of these books are beautifully written, helped me open my heart to my own life and gave me courage to keep writing and sharing. I recommend them all.
Safekeeping: Some True Stories from a Life by Abigail Thomas also stands out for me. I read this book last year on an early Sunday morning sitting alone at my kitchen table. Abigail uses an unconventional structure to tell story of her ex-husband, their life together and his death from cancer. Her words pierced my heart. Myself still raw from the death of D. I could relate to so much of her story. I cried and cried and could not put the book down. This book broke something open in me and set me a path writing my own story.So what are some of your favorite books of 2014?
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