25 Books That Will Change Your Life
We’ve collected 25 of Scribd’s most inspiring and most life-changing books. They’re a collection of memoirs, novels, short stories, essays, and self-help books that are guaranteed to give you a new perspective on the life you live.
From a former FBI Special Agent specializing in behavior analysis comes a handbook filled with his proven strategies on how to instantly read people and influence how they perceive you.
2. Yes Please
Amy Poehler writes her memoir with precision comedic timing and cadence. Her story is inspiring, self-deprecating, sarcastic, and—most of all—incredibly fun. It will change the way you look at comedy for years to come.
3. Elon Musk
In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley’s most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs.
By 1978 Steve Martin was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. This book is, in his own words, the story of “why I did stand-up and why I walked away.”
This analysis of David Bowie’s most provocative and influential period is an insightful examination of an ever-changing icon, as glamorous and complex as he was inspiring and affecting.
6. Steve Jobs
Isaacson’s exclusive biography brings this generation’s leading innovator to life again, illustrating the impact of imagination through interviews and anecdotes.
7. My Mistake
Whether it’s a witty account of publishing personalities or an emotionally riveting contemplation of his cancer diagnosis—reflections on mistakes or successes—Menaker’s lovingly crafted prose glimmers through.
Solomon Northup was born a free man in New York State. At the age of 33 he was kidnapped in Washington D.C. and placed in an underground slave pen. He spent the next 12 years working to once again gain his freedom.
Keegan died too young, only a few days after her college graduation, but she left behind the treasure of her writing with this posthumous collection of tender, starry-eyed essays and short stories.
Comedian Mike Birbiglia, a staple on Comedy Central and This American Life, shares true stories from his own life that are sure to inspire and challenge you, all while making you laugh.
11. Wishful Drinking
The bestselling author of Postcards from the Edge comes clean (well, sort of) in her first-ever memoir, adapted from her one-woman Broadway hit show. Carrie Fisher reveals what it was really like to grow up a star.
12. 10% Happier
Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable.
A profoundly moving portrait of the complicated legacies of mothers and daughters, A Short History of Women chronicles five generations of women from the close of the nineteenth century through the early years of the twenty-first.
The “enormously entertaining and wide-ranging” authorized, definitive, New York Times–bestselling biography of Willie Mays, the most complete baseball player of all time.
This award-winning contemporary classic is the survival story with which all others are compared—and a page-turning, heart-stopping adventure, recipient of the Newbery Honor.
From the celebrated author best known for the Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club and described as “the funniest writer in the solar system” comes a new laugh-out-loud collection of essays on rudeness.
Who hasn’t asked the question “How can I find and follow my true calling?” Elle Luna’s own personal journey inspired her to write a brief online manifesto that, in a few short months, has touched hundreds of thousands of people.
Unlock the astonishing facts, myths, and benefits of one of the most endangered human resources—sleep.
Take ownership of your happiness through simple but effective changes to the way you approach health, love, presence, and prosperity.
Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. In All Joy and No Fun, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior now asks: what are the effects of children on their parents?
It was Benjamin Franklin who came up with the list: temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity, humility.
22. Unplug Every Day
This inspiring journal offers 365 achievable ways to take small breaks from technology with simple suggestions that encourage journalers to unplug from electronics and appreciate their surroundings.
A little inspiration goes a long way. It's the end of the naughties, and things are starting to look up: cropping up everywhere are messages of sincerity, optimism, and hope, and the good cheer has spread to the world of art and design.
Organization expert Erin Rooney Doland shows you how to declutter and simplify your surroundings, and create the stress-free life you deserve—in just one week.
25. Modern Romance
Aziz Ansari’s well-researched foray into the complexities and contradictions of modern dating is like a reassuring pep talk from a friend, urging you to stop overthinking things and just text that person already.
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