“book love: a project born of my love of the written word. I grew up hearing “books are your friends!” and it’s remained true all my life. I want to take photos of people with books they love – it’s a little facet to their personality that remains hidden to a casual observer. This project is ongoing & if you’d like to be a part of it, please drop me a line : arinnw at gmail dot com.”
This week we are featuring Mar and several of her favorite books.
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown: The bulk of the book focuses on 10 guideposts that help one cultivate a “wholehearted” life. The guideposts are: authenticity; self-compassion; resilient spirit; gratitude and joy; intuition and trusting; faith; creativity; play and rest; calm and stillness; meaningful work; and laughter, song, and dance. As a strong believer in ongoing self-development, examination, awareness, and evolution, this book resonated with me in ways I still can’t fully articulate. I’ve passed it along to some friends who have also described it as life changing!
The Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov: Strangely enough I discovered The Master and the Margarita through music! This novel inspired Mick Jagger to write “Sympathy for the Devil” from the album Beggar’s Banquet. In retrospect, despite being one of my favorite books in my teens, a large chunk of the comical absurdity and multi-layered storyline went over my head. Rediscovering it in my mid-twenties, I reread and fell in love with it again as Bulgakov weaves a deft, fascinating, and at times discordant tale incorporating surrealism, comedy, philosophy, and humanity.
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl: Psyhciatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir is not an easy or comfortable read with its vivid descriptions of life in Nazi camps and its lessons for spiritual survival but it is an important one! Frankl labored in a number of camps including Auschwitz in the early 1940s whiles his parents, brother, and wife perished. Frankl survived and Man’s Search for Meaning emerged based on his own experience and the experiences of others. When life is challenging, I think back to Frankl’s view that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.
There are Little Kingdoms by Kevin Barry: An unexpected gift from one of my oldest and dearest friends, this book reminds me of home (Ireland), and Barry’s writing captures a wealth of weird, wonderful, and at times frustrating idiosyncrasies of my motherland. As an immigrant who has, at times, felt out of place in Vancouver, it’s nice to have instant access to the language and feeling of “home” when I open this book!