Alexiss's Picks

Surfing with Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry into a Life of Meaning Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101970157
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Published: Anchor - May 1st, 2018

My dudes, sit back, relax, and prepare to have your third eye opened. James offers up some extremely enticing and valid ideas on life and illustrates how they all stem from a life of surf. You'll be ready to ditch capitalistic demands and drop in on a more stoked way of life. Perfect for any surfer with an inquisitive mind. 

The Painter of Souls: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681774053
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Published: Pegasus Books - May 9th, 2017

Kazan writes with such great clarity and detail, His imagery captivates me, and I can easily envision the paintings he so passionately describes. This is a story about a poor, rowdy, orphaned Florentine boy who uses his “gift from God” as a means of survival. Both in terms of physical sustenance & spiritual fulfillment. His temptation towards a life of “sin,” opposite of his friar life, plays into his work & shape his soul. He is a genius, a miracle, & full of complexity. Awesome historical references!

The Passion of Artemisia: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142001820
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2002

Probably my favorite book of all time. A detailed account of real-life artist Artemiia Gentilleschi. A woman of strength, courage, and enviable artisitic abillty, she defies the odds to become a well-respected painter. 

The Motivation Manifesto: 9 Declarations to Claim Your Personal Power Cover Image
ISBN: 9781401948078
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Published: Hay House Inc. - October 28th, 2014

This isn't your typical, cheesy, "you can do it!" kind of book. I actually carried this in my bag for a year straight & would write quotes from the book on the palm of my hand. Paulo Coehlo loves this book, so you should too.