Celebrity Picks: Kobe Bryant

Seira Wilson on September 05, 2019
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KobeBryantCeleb2019.jpgWe first talked to Kobe Bryant about books and reading when we did a podcast interview around the release of The Wizenard Series: Training Camp. Training Camp was the inaugural title from Bryant's publishing arm, Granity Studios, where he is creating books that combine sports, fantasy, and coming-of-age topics.  Bryant chooses each author and works with them to create the story he's envisioned, incorporating details that resonate with athletes. These are books Bryant himself would have wanted to read as a teen, and his passion for each project is evident, down to the beautiful touches that go into the physical books (like the endpapers you see here in Legacy and the Queen).

Legacy and the Queen is Bryant's second book, and it's an exciting mash-up of underdog story, tennis, and fantasy. Legacy is a 12-year-old orphan living in the magical kingdom of Nova. When a tennis competition is announced, Legacy is determined to win the favor of the queen, a spot in the acclaimed Academy, and the prize money that will save her orphanage. Legacy will have to draw on her own strengths and some ancient magic if she's going to come out on top and win it all...

Kobe Bryant wasn't a reader as a teen, but he sure is now.  Below are four of his favorite reads this year and what made them stand out for him.



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Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy) by Marlon James

I am a big fan of epic fantasy series and the world-building by James is excellent. It’s immersive and makes for a powerful story.



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Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein

This book looks at how an emphasis on specialization can actually hamper our ability to really excel at something. It aligns with what I try to do when I am coaching, in my stories, and what we’re doing with Mamba Sports Academy—create all-around athletes who can think critically and make assessments in real time to enhance their play rather than rely only on a narrow set of skills.



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Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D Jackson

Jackson’s book is a great study in how to build character, the strength and importance of friendship, and excellent writing. It’s tense like a horror story and yet very real and utterly compelling.



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Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

I loved TEAM OF RIVALS, and LEADERSHIP really built on the things I had taken away from that book. Moving from basketball to building a company, I needed to learn new and different leadership skills and Goodwin outlines the different skill-sets of Lincoln, both Roosevelts, and Lyndon Johnson, accessibly.


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Eva Chen
Ani DiFranco
Ani DiFranco
Ree Drummond
Ree Drummond

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Janet Evanovich
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Jimmy Fallon
Flea
Flea
Tan France
Tan France

Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert
Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler
Rachel Hollis
Rachel Hollis
Bob Iger
Robert Iger

Elton John
Elton John
Stephen King
Stephen King
Jeff Kinney
Jeff Kinney
Hoda Kotb
Hoda Kotb

Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber
Admiral McRaven
Admiral McRaven
Erin Morgenstern
Erin Morgenstern
Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o

Delia Owens
Delia Owens
James Patterson
James Patterson
Louise Penny
Louise Penny
Dav Pilkey
Dav Pilkey

Antoni Porowski
Antoni Porowski
Rachel Ray
Rachael Ray
Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds
Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan

Adam Rippon
Adam Rippon
Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie
Drew Scott
Drew Scott
Jonathan Scott
Jonathan Scott

Ryan Serhant
Ryan Serhant
Carly Simon
Carly Simon
Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek
Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem

John Waters
John Waters
Lindy West
Lindy West
Ali Wong
Ali Wong


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