Great Recent Reads:
DEEP DOWN DARK, Hector Tobar – This book is a page turner, beautifully and precisely written! It unfolds the story of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped in 2010 under thousands of feet of rock for 69 days and the international effort to free them. An amazing story of human resilience. In a manner that feels spiritual, Tobar (a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist) presents a riveting meditation on universal human themes.
The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer – If you ever went to summer camp and loved it, you will enjoy this book! It was recommended to me by an old friend from my camp days (Sanborn Western Camps). Super writing. The novel follows a group from their days in the 70s at summer camp, Spirit-in-the-Woods, as they mature into adults and careers.
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt – A wonderful novel that is quietly suspenseful, super well written, contains lots of pearls of wisdom with great characters that I cared about. It won the Pulitzer for 2014!
The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert – a lovely novel if you are interested in plants, a little history of botanical research and the quest for understanding human compassion.
Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese – a beautiful and touching novel and the best, most realistic depiction of surgeons I’ve seen in literature. An amazing read.
Yoga Books I recommend:
Yoga Toolbox for Teachers and Students, Joseph and Lilian Le Page – the single best resource for understanding yoga asana, very comprehensive.
Yoga Body Buddha Mind, Cyndi Lee
The Great Work of your Life, Stephen Cope – brilliant book on living your dharma that weaves the Bhagavad Gita throughout and uses examples of extraordinary peoples lives (Jane Goodall, Henry David Thoreau, Robert Frost among others) as well as the lives of ordinary people like you and me
Hell-Bent, Benjamin Lorr – a humorous and insightful read about hot yoga, competitive yoga and Bikram.
The Path of the Yoga Sutras, Nicolai Bachman – this is a great first book to learn about the Sutras by Patanjali
Bhagavad Gita, translated by Stephen Mitchell
Waking, Matthew Sanford – his life story and yogic path
Wherever you go, there you are, Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Yoga of Eating, Charles Eisenstein – This book takes it up a notch about awareness of the food we eat and our relationship to food. It is intelligent and wide-reaching and does not prescribe a particular diet. It is a fascinating look at our spiritual relationship with food and urges us to align our diet with our lifestyle, values and how we want to be in the world. “Each aspect of life is a microcosm of the whole…you cannot change one thing without changing everything.”