Life has a way of taking us away from ourselves in its acute and mundane manifestations, but it also can -- if we turn our attention to re-engaging our voice -- bring us right back to who we are, and what we have to say both on and off the page. Here are three DIY voice lessons.
"&Son" was the best kind of author reading, one set in the same place as the book so it seems to come to life all around you. As I started the book that night, I realized that this was the first of many meta moments, all of which added up to a great story.
In On My Own, Diane Rehm shares with readers her experience of early grief after losing John Rehm, her husband of 54 years. Rehm's attempt to discover who she will be without her life mate, offers up questions any of us might consider when faced with a loss of similar magnitude.
The first words are often the hardest, even when they come easily. The first words are ones that open up a new world, introduce us to new characters, ones that we might not necessarily be acquainted with, at least not in action even if you have filled the pages of a notebook with character traits and have countless images pinned on a Pinterest board.
If you don't know who Aidan Donnelley Rowley is, you should, and you will. A native Manhattanite, ivy league graduate, author, wife, and mother, she's a luminous spirit with a talent for excavating the depths of the human soul.
Meyer and Brysac do a masterful job of contextualizing the frenzied collecting of Chinese art by Americans into the political, historical and social landscapes of the times. Like a story by Edith Wharton, it's a tale of intrigue, manners and colorful personalities.
Nicholas Searle grew up in Cornwall and studied languages at the Universities of Bath and Göttingen. After teaching for four years, he moved to London to join the Civil Service, holding a variety of positions dealing with security matters before going to work in a similar capacity for the New Zealand government.
I never got drunk . I was just 'taking the edge off'. But I also recognized that reaching for a glass of wine, or three, had become my response to stress or sorrow in my life. And like most women I know -- most human beings -- there was generally plenty of that.
The good news: Georgia is a uniquely American chronicle -- told by O'Keeffe -- that starts with the importance of a good story and a killer bod. Does that sound uncannily like the techniques used to make careers for women a century later? Yes, and to degree that may shock purists.
Maria Fatima is the chief of Maudemo, a village in Timor-Leste where life has long centered on small-scale farming. But with output from village farms facing rising competition from cheap, factory-processed foods, Maria spends much of her time helping her community look for ways of producing better tasting, higher-value food both for them to eat themselves and sell in nearby markets.
Only when we openly and truthfully speak to the roots of racism and inequality in our country -- white supremacy, white privilege, and the dehumanization and devaluation of black lives and bodies -- will we able to deal with the modern-day realities of that legacy.
Alec Ross served as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's senior advisor for innovation. During that role, he earned unique insight into the changing nature of technology. In his new book, "The Industries of the Future," Ross not only lays out the key industries that will shape the 21st century, but also provides the geopolitical, cultural and generational contexts out of which they are emerging. Berggruen Institute's Dawn Nakagawa sat down with Ross to discuss the book.