Anna Kendrick's favorite books

  • The Gift of Fear

    The Gift of Fear

    Gavin de Becker
    Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence
    Self-Help

    Explains how to use the power of intuition to identify and avoid danger, and shares advice on restraining orders and self-defense tactics

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    It should be required reading for all women, and men for that matter.

    Dec 1, 2016 — Source

  • Meditations

    Meditations

    Marcus Aurelius
    (Marcus Aurelius Antonius the Roman Emperor)

    Marcus Aurelius, emperor of Rome, may be the closest mankind has ever come to producing the philosopher king that Plato envisioned in The Republic. A reluctant ruler and a reluctant warrior, much of his reign was spent in battle, defending the frontiers of the empire from the "barbarian" hordes. Fortunately for us, he carried a notebook along on his military campaigns, and thus we have the Meditations. Marcus's writings reveal him to be the last and greatest of the classical Stoics. Stoicism is a school of thought that asserts we have no control over our lives, only control over our perceptions. It advocates that the best life is the life that is lived in accordance with nature (not "nature" as in grass and trees, but "nature" as in the order of the universe). By concentrating one's thoughts and choices on what is good and virtuous, and disregarding the unimportant distractions of everyday life (even life and death are said to be neither good nor bad, but "indifferent"), we can avoid negative emotions like fear, anger, grief, and frustration, and live a life of happiness and tranquility. That's an oversimplification, of course. If you really want to know what Stoicism is and how it works read Epictetus or Seneca. What Marcus provides us with are the reflections of a man who studied and lived the Stoic life, and was its ultimate exemplar. Even if you don't buy into Stoicism, or have no interest in Philosophy with a capital P, you can still find inspiration and solace in the Meditations, as Marcus instructs us in dealing justly with others, overcoming emotional hardship, living life to the fullest by overcoming the fear of death, and resigning oneself to the insignificance of man in the universe. The Meditations are divided into twelve books. Each book contains anywhere from 16 to 75 numbered paragraphs, ranging in length from a sentence to a page. The paragraphs are arranged without regard to sequence or subject matter. This haphazard method of compilation is really the book's only flaw. What the Meditations has always needed is a good index, but I've never found a volume that has one. It is a pleasure to publish this new, high quality, and affordable edition of this timeless book.

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    I don't even agree with everything in it, but when philosophy is described in such practical language, it's soothing.

    Dec 1, 2016 — Source

  • Writing Movies for Fun and Profit

    hilarious, but more than that, it's insanely accurate

    Dec 1, 2016 — Source

  • Around the Way Girl

    Around the Way Girl

    Taraji P. Henson
    A Memoir
    Biography & Autobiography

    Henson writes of her family, the one she was born into and the one she created. She shares stories of family, friends, the hustle required to make it from DC to Hollywood, and the joy of living in your own truth. Here she also opens up about her experiences as a single mother, a journey some saw as a burden but which she saw as a gift. With humor and candor, Henson shows us that behind the red carpet moments, she is just a girl in pursuit of her dreams.

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    I was a little sneaky and asked my editor to get me a copy before it came out. I'm only a chapter in and I already love it.

    Dec 1, 2016 — Source