Photography by ChiChi Ubiña
By Patricia Chadwick

Patricia Chadwick, author of Little Sister: A Memoir, shares her recommendations for our LOOK Hot List for the Holidays.

Books:

 

In Full Flight: One Woman’s Quest for Atonement in Africa by John Heminway
Published: 2017
John Heminway is a beautiful writer and this true story will leave you reeling. It takes you back to World War II France, the Resistance and the German concentration camp Ravensbruk. The story moves between Europe and Africa, places the author has lived for much of his life. I know John Heminway who now lives in Bozeman Montana and his sister, Hilary Heminway, is a dear friend of mine.
The book is being made into a movie starring Glen Close.

 

In My Mind’s Eye: A Thought Diary by Jan Morris
Published: January 2019
I have just started this book, and I’m loving it. The Welsh author, Jan Morris, passed away just a couple of weeks ago on November 20, at the age of 94. Her writing is both brilliant and hilarious in this her first-ever diary. She has a number of books to her name, including histories and travel tales, as well as her 1974 book, Conundrum, her transgender story. If you enjoy In My Mind’s Eye, watch for her final book that should come out soon. It was her desire to have published posthumously.

 

River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey by Sister Helen Prejean
Published: 2019
This is a spiritual book, but one that is a heartwarming story of a nun in her youth prior to Vatican II. Sister Helen Prejean was also the author of Dead Man Walking (of movie fame). Sister Helen writes in a wonderfully readable way and she feels more like “one of us” than a nun in a convent. She was recently interviewed on Fresh Air and at the age of 81, she remains lively, witty and is totally a modern-day woman. I’ve given it to numerous friends who are NOT Catholic, and all of them have loved it.

 

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba (and Brian Mealer)
I came late to the book, but I’m so happy to have read it. The true story of a boy living in poverty in Malawi who loved windmills and used his ingenuity to create a windmill and ultimately to bring electricity to his impoverished town. If you have children, there is a version of the book for children. It’s also now a Netflix Film, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor who also directed it.

Streaming Series:

 

The Queen’s Gambit
The Queen’s Gambit
is a must see – It’s a Netflix drama series that was spectacular – the acting the directing!

 

The Crown – Season IV
This one is all about Diana – the viewer needs to keep in mind that the brilliant acting is creating fiction – in the form of the dialogue – out of fact.

 

The Vow
An HBO documentary about the cult NXIVM – with lots of live footage. A disturbing but true tale of a modern-day cult, whose leader, Keith Raniere, who was just sentenced to 120 years in jail.

Business Books:

 

Don’t Take Yes for an Answer: Using Authority, Warmth, and Energy to Get Exceptional Results by Steve Herz
A great, easy-to-read book that every parent should give to their young adult children – as a college graduation present. The author keeps it simple – a three-step AWEsome guide for self-empowerment. And AWE stands for – Authority, Warmth, Energy.

 

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam M. Grant
A fascinating read by a very young Wharton professor. Adam Grant divides the global world of business into people who are GIVERS, MATCHERS or TAKERS. The most enjoyable part of the book for me was reading the many anecdotes about people we all know (or have heard about) and see how they fared professionally as the result of their approach to success.

Podcasts: I love to listen to podcasts when I go for my daily walk, and I select the subject matter based on my mood.

 

Fresh Air (NPR)
Fresh Air (NPR) with Terry Gross covers a marvelous array of subjects – history, music, politics, books, movies. They run about 45 – 50 minutes – just perfect for a three plus mile walk!

Both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have podcasts and I enjoy both – the segments are each about twenty minutes long – perfect for two on a walk.

NYTimes podcast is called The Daily and is hosted by Michael Barbaro and often is a conversation with an investigative reporter from the newspaper.

The WSJ’s podcast is called The Journal and covers an array of business stories that impact all of us in our daily lives and is hosted by Kate Linebaugh and Ryan Knutson.