Reading List

Inevitably everyone I interview talks about the books that have influenced, inspired, motivated or educated them along their journey.  There are so many amazing ones and worth a share…


  1. The Colossus of New York by Colson Whitehead
  2. American Ruins by Camilo José Vergara
  3. We Skate Hardcore,  by Vincent Cianni
  4. Creative Visualizationby Shakti Gawain
  5. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs


  1. This Common Ground: Seasons on an Organic Farm, by Scott Chaskey

Melanie horkan

  1. Carry Me Down by MJ Hyland
  2. The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami
  3. Stasiland and All that I Am by Anna Funder
  4. Light Years by James Salter
  5. Love: Selected Poems by e.e cummings
  6. Collected Poems by W.B. Yeats
  7. The Leenane Trilogy by Martin McDonagh
  8. The Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch
  9. Kieslowski on Kieslowski by Krzysztof Kieslowski
  10. The Arrival by Shaun Tan
  11. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
  12. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  13. Breath by Tim Winton
  14. Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
  15. Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
  16. Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
  17. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  18. Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
  19. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  20. The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy
  21. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  22. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  23. The Delta of Venus by Anais Nin
  24. Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
  25. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  26. Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg
  27. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

Bob McClure

  1. The Complete Works of Shakespeare
  2. Inc. Magazine
  3. The Onion

Kena Paranjape

  1. By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop by Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson
  2. Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk
  3. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson


  1. Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson
  2. Influence, by Robert Cialdini
  3. Why We Buy, by Paco Underhill
  4. Design Writing Research, by Ellen Lupton
  5. The Psychology of Everyday Things, by Don Norman
  6. The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan
  7. Four Fish, by Paul Greenberg
  8. The Art of Travel, by Alain de Botton
  9. A Whole New Mind, by Daniel Pink
  10. Tibor Kalman, Perverse Optimist, by Peter Hall
  11. Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell
  12. The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell
  13. Tender at the Bone, by Ruth Reichl
  14. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, by Edward Tufte
  15. The One Minute Manager, by Kenneth H. Blanchard

Kathy Bacon

  1. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
  2. The 4 Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
  3. Practicing Peace in Times of War by Pema Chodron

Pamela Foeckler

  1. My Brother’s Face by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
  2. A Dictionary Of Color Combinations by Sanzo Wada

Tiffany Washington

  1. The Conversation by Hill Harper
  2. The Secret by Rhonda Bryne
  3. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  4. The Coldest Winter Ever by Sistah Souljah

Jo-Laine Duke-Collins

  1. By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop by Alexi Maybank & Alexandra Wilkis Wilson
  2. The 8th Habit by Stephen Covey
  3. Peace from Broken Pieces by Iyanla Vanzant

Marissa Feinberg

  1. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
  2. Liberating the Adult Within by Helen Kramer
  3. The Big Enough Company by Adelaide Lancaster
  4. “The Resume is Dead the Bio is King” by Michael Margolis

Michele Lord

  1. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  2. Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl
  3. The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons & Recipes from a Delicious Revolution by Alice Waters
  4. Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
  5. Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
  6. Haroun & the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
  7. The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems by Coleman Barks
  8. We Were Flying to Chicago by Kevin Clouther
  9. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Susan Hill 

  1. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  2. Wild Nights by Anne Matthews
  3. Giving Good Weight by John McPhee
  4. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  5. Any book written by Leo Tolstoy
  6. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

Jen Messier & Jonathan Soma

  1. Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food by Laura Silver
  2. Viva La Pizza!: The Art of the Pizza Box by Scott Wiener
  3. The Chinese Takeout Cookbook by Diana Kuan
  4. Craft-a-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects and Pom-Poms!:25 Awesomely Fluffy Projects by Sarah Goldschadt
  5. Instacraft: Fun & Simple Projects for Adorable Gifts, Decor & More by Alison Caporimo

Nasozi Kakembo

  1. Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  2. In His Own Words by Nelson Mandela
  3. An African Soldier Speaks by Robert Henry Kakembo

Margaret Roach

  1. A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
  2. To Reach the Clouds by Philip Pettit
  3. Plant Dreaming Deep and Journal of the Solitude by May Sarton
  4. A Way to GardenAnd I Shall Have Some Peace There and The Backyard Parables: Lessons on Gardening, and Life by Margaret Roach

Tracie Lee

  1. The Art of the Restaurateur by Nicholas Lander
  2. Canal House Cooks Every Day by Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton
  3. Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
  4. East Wind Melts the Ice: A Memoir through the Seasons by Liza Dalby
  5. Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit
  6. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön
  7. Grapefruit: A Book of Instructions and Drawings by Yoko Ono by Yoko Ono

Elizabeth Rees

  1. Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
  2. The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up by Norm Brodsky and Bo Burlingham
  3. Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann
  4. She’s Come Undone and We are Water by Wally Lamb
  5. Shantaram: A Novel by Gregory David Roberts

Amanda Peppard

  1. Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen
  2. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
  3. Everyday a Friday by Joel Osteen
  4. Becoming a Better You by Joel Osteen

Corina Gomez

  1. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  2. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Mette te Velde

  1. Cradle to Cradle by Michael Braungart and William McDonough
  2. Good & Green Guides
  3. Greenopia guides
  4. Naked Fashion: The New Sustainable Fashion Revolution by Safia Minney
  5. Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys by Kate Fletcher

Jason Regier

  1. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath & Dan Heath
  2. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath & Dan Heath
  3. Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath & Dan Heath
  4. Fast Company Magazine
  5. It Starts With by Sarah Peck (blog)

Prill Boyle

  1. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  2. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  3. American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  4. The Satanic Verses by Salmon Rushdie
  5. No One Is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel
  6. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
  7. The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
  8. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
  9. Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
  10. Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin
  11. The Shallows by Nicholas Carr

Cary Barbor

  1. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  2. The Mayor Of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  3. Selected Stories by Andre Dubus, Jr.
  4. Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda
  5. Harriet the Spy by Louise FitzHugh

Kathryn Murray

  1. A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  2. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. Color by Victoria Finlay
  4. Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold
  5. Matisse- His Art and His Textiles by Hilary Spurling and Ann Dumas
  6. Encyclopedia of the Exquisite by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins
  7. Andy Warhol Drawings, 1942-1987 by Mark Francis and Dieter Koepplin

Marla Aaron

  1. It Chooses You and No One Belongs Here More than You by Miranda July
  2. This Is a Book and Point Your Face at This by Demetri Martin
  3. The Moth by Catherine Burns and Adam Gopnik
  4. Horton Hatches an Egg and Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
  5. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  6. One Grain of Rice by Demi

Colleen Brierley

  1. Negotiating Rationally by Max H. Bazerman and Margaret A Neale
  2. The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
  3. The Promise by Rachelle Friedman

Jen Conley

  1. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
  2. The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life by Deepak Chopra
  3. Nolo Series – Starting & Building a Nonprofit and Effective Fundraising

Melissa Rapoport

  1. Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck
  2. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

Trés Taylor

  1. The Music of Silence by Brother David Steindl-Rast
  2. The Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks
  3. The Bowl of Saki by Hazrat Inayat Khan [daily emails]
  4. The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Wisdom 
  5. The Art of Being and Becoming by Hazrat Inayat Khan
  6. The Art of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba
  7. A Monk in the World by Wayne Teasdale
  8. Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God by Rainer Maria Rilke
  9. Anything and everything by Alan Watts
  10. Terrence Mckenna’s video lectures on YouTube
  11. The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
  12. The 100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda
  13. The Seven Mysteries of Life by Guy Murchie
  14. Rebel Buddha by Dzogchen Ponlop
  15. A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield

Becky Hensley

  1. #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
  2. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  3. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  4. Just Kids by Patti Smith
  5. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  6. Actual Air by David Berman
  7. A New Path to the Waterfall by Raymond Carver
  8. Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

Kristin Marin

  1. The Power of Less by Leo Babauta
  2. The Female Advantage by Sally Helgesen
  3. 365 Tao
 by Ming-Dao Deng
  4. 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class by Steve Siebold

Virginia Hart McAnaney

  1. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  2. The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
  3. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

Ysanne Spevack

  1. Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  2. The Gardens of Russell Page by Gabrielle van Zuylen
  3. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton
  4. Entertaining by Martha Stewart
  5. The Union of Hope and Sadness: The Art of Gail Potocki by Gail Potocki
  6. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  7. Bar Tartine: Techniques and Recipes by Cortney Burns and Nicolaus Balla

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