Books:

Complications by Atul Gawande (or Better)

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (or The Madman)

Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

How to Love by Thich Nhat Hanh (this especially, but other books in the series as well)

Nothing Special by Charlotte Joko Beck

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Quiet by Susan Cain

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin

 

Essays:

All of Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver

“Homing Instincts”

“Love en los Tiempos de Spanglish”

“The Purest Form of Play”

“The Opposite of Loneliness”

“Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”

“I, Mercator”

 

And when you’re tired of reading, some other media:

HOUSE, M.D.

The Serial Podcast

All the music of Lisa Hannigan; most of the music by Feist

“The Gibson Assembly Song”

Interviews with David Foster Wallace

Short Term 12