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Like Wild? Try This: Personal Growth

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Now that you’ve enjoyed Wild by Cheryl Strayed, we’ve put together some suggestions for books and DVDs on similar themes, that we think you might like.

Many reality TV shows depends on their participants’ ‘journeys’, and Cheryl Strayed’s hike is can also be seen as a metaphor for her personal growth. The development of a character is a crucial part of any story, whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, and here are a few examples.

Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence by Rick Hanson (Nonfiction)
In just a few minutes each day, Dr. Hanson believes we can transform our brains into refuges and power centers of calm and happiness.

Every Day by David Levithan (Fiction)
Every day, A wakes up in a different body and spends the next 24 hours living that person’s life. It’s only when he falls in love that he realizes he needs to change the way he lives.

Spirited Away (DVD)
Hayao Miyazaki’s animated masterpiece is about a young girl trapped in a strange spirit world  after her parents undergo a mysterious transformation. She must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world.

When We Were Kings (Documentary)
This Academy Award winning documentary tells the inspirational story of how Muhammad Ali, thought to be too old and past his prime, takes on the younger George Foreman in the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’.

Feel free to add any other titles you’d recommend in the comments.



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This entry was posted on August 1, 2014 by in Summer Reading 2014.


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