Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed. A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.
One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson. Lindberg flying across the Atlantic. Babe Ruth and his home run record. Al Jolson starred in “The Jazz Singer”, the first talking motion picture. The events causing the Great Depression were set in motion. All this and much, much more transpired in that epochal summer of 1927, and Bill Bryson captures its outsized personalities, exciting events, and occasional just plain weirdness with his trademark vividness, eye for telling detail, and delicious humor. In that year America stepped out onto the world stage as the main event, and One Summer transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order.
The Men Who United the States; America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible by Simon Winchester. This book is a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings.
My Daily Reading:
365 Tao: Daily Meditations by Deng Ming-Dao. 365 Tao is a contemporary book of meditations on what it means to be wholly a part of the Taoist way, and thus to be completely in harmony with oneself and the surrounding world. This is part of my daily practice.
Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony by Deng Ming-Dao. A companion volume to the bestselling 365 Tao, Everyday Tao offers clear, specific directions on bringing the Taoist spirit into our work, our relationships, and other aspects of our everyday lives.
Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu, translation by Stephen Mitchell. This is my favorite translation of the Tao, the one I read daily.