A friend recently said to me, “They tell you to be yourself…but that’s not really what they want.” And indeed, there is a mountain of both overt and quietly insidious pushback when you let your authentic self out into the world.
Glennon Doyle knows this well, and so now do the thousands of readers who read Untamed this year. Part memoir and part heartfelt shout to break free from the cage of society’s expectations, Untamed has jolted readers into a new head space.
What books has Glennon Doyle been reading and loving this summer? Here are her answers.
Wow, No Thank You.: Essays by Samantha Irby
Samantha Irby’s memoirs are gifts that everyone should give themselves and each other. She writes with such wisdom about our culture and such honesty about herself. And nobody—but nobody—is funnier. Every time I read Samantha, I feel more free.
More Myself: A Journey by Alicia Keys
I have a few north stars that I point my children toward—shining examples of confident living. Alicia Keys is one of them. For decades I have been lit up, beckoned, awakened by the way she shows up in every part of her life: her womanhood, her artistry, her activism, her motherhood. Alicia’s freeing memoir More Myself is right on time, as more and more of us decide once and for all that we are ready to live our one fleeting life on our own terms.
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
This is the first book that has literally taken my breath away. I kept having to close it and breathe deeply, again and again. I read The Book of Longings right after my own book Untamed made its way into the world, and found Ana of Sue Monk Kidd's masterpiece to be a breathtakingly Untamed woman. This book—on women’s longing and silencing and awakening—is a true and beautiful masterpiece.
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino
As I read Trick Mirror I thought: the smartest human on planet Earth has been located and her name is Jia Tolentino. Her reflections are biting but relatable—because she writes with vulnerability as a product of the very culture she’s critiquing. Tolentino’s work helps me understand my world and myself more deeply.
The author of "Untamed" shares the books she's loving this summer, and why.