Today’s guest, Kristin Economos, has an incredible story to tell and one many people will resonate with, including myself. After experiencing a season of severe anxiety, Kristin says her return from a decade-long reading sabbatical brought her back to life. She got professional help, which we chat about, and she ALSO soothed her anxiety with books, both fictional stories that transported her to other times and places, and nonfiction reads that about mental health and anxiety that helped her gain strategies AND helped her feel less alone.
Kristin’s experience with reading kicked off a personal project that she calls her "30 by 30" challenge, which of course I had to investigate. We also discuss Kristin’s preferred kind of escapist reading, the kinds of books her book club enjoys, and a bookish brunch that will either have you drooling with envy or planning your own. Today’s episode is truly delightful, and if you enjoy it even half as much as I did you’re in for a treat.
Let’s get to it.
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Books mentioned in this episode:
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• The Chemistry of Calm: A Powerful, Drug-Free Plan to Quiet Your Fears & Overcome Your Anxiety, by Henry Emmons MD
• The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah
• Behind Her Eyes, by Sarah Pinborough
• Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult
• Just Mercy: A Story of Justice & Redemption, by Brian Stevenson
• The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin
• 11/22/63, by Stephen King
• Where’d You Go Bernadette, by Maria Semple
• We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, by Samantha Irby
• Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman
• Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng
• Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng
• The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware
• Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie
• And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie
• The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
• The Secret History, by Donna Tartt
• The Likeness, by Tana French
• Special Topics in Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl
• Crime & Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
• Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
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