books That get it

  • Samantha Irby: She should be the patron saint of this site. She puts all the hard stuff right out there in a hilarious, sometimes R-rated way.

  • Everything Happens: I devoured this book and left it littered with post it notes. It's a peek into the negative space of someone living with Stage IV cancer.

  • Modern Loss: I recently had the opportunity to meet and hear these authors speak at a local bookstore. SO GOOD. Raw, hard stuff, but in real life bite-sized amounts. I want to have a stack of these on my shelf to give out to anyone experiencing loss.

  • It's Okay to Laugh: I got to meet and hear this author too (famously written about in this post). She's the real deal and I am loving her book.

  • I Found My Tribe: An absolutely gorgeous and honest memoir written by the wife of a man suffering from ALS.

  • It’s Not Yet Dark: This poetic memoir is from the husband mentioned above! It was a gift to be able to read both perspectives.

  • Carry On, Warrior: I love Glennon Doyle and her word “brutiful,” when life is brutal + beautiful. She gets it.

 

podcasts i'm listening to

  • Terrible: My doppelganger interviews folks about the hard stuff of life.

  • Cold Oatmeal: This is hosted by my brother. I listen to soak up all I can about PR, because it's nice to "hang out" with my only sibling, who I don't see very often, and because it's a pretty great podcast.

  • Jen Hatmaker: I love Jen Hatmaker for her wit and honesty about parenting transracially, the church, pimento sandwiches and everything in between.

  • Something to Say (Rob Bell): My husband and I recently attended a two day writing/communication workshop with Rob Bell and this 7 hour podcast was our homework. It is full of wisdom for writers and public speakers.

  • Everything Happens: This is the loveliest, most heartfelt podcast I’ve found. Kate and her guests talk all about the negative space and I love it.

 

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