In this episode, meet actress and creator Lilly Singh, author of Be a Triangle, actor Terry Crews, author of Tough and former Kentucky State Representative Charles Booker, author of From the Hood to the Holler. Listen in to hear about each of these authors incredible life stories, the hard personal work that served as inspiration for their audiobooks, and what they took away from their experiences reading their own words in the recording booth.
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Everyoneâ€”even world-famous actress, author, and creator Lilly Singhâ€”knows that sometimes life just sucks. In Be a Triangle Singh provides a safe space where listeners can learn how to create a sense of peace within themselves. Without sugarcoating what itâ€™s like to face adversityâ€”including acknowledging her own intensely personal struggles with identity, success, and self-doubtâ€”Singh teaches readers to â€śunsubscribeâ€ť from cookie-cutter ideals.
Terry Crews spent decades cultivating his bodybuilder physique and bravado. On the outside, he seemed invincible. But his fixation with appearing outwardly tough eventually turned into an exhausting performance. In Tough Crews examines arenas of life where he desperately sought control and recounts the setbacks and victories he faced while uprooting deeply ingrained toxic masculinity and finally confronting his insecurities, painful memories, and limiting beliefs.
Charles Booker grew up in the largely segregated West End of Louisville. Faith and love were everything in his family, but material comforts were scarce. Determined to build a world in which poverty and racism would not plague future generations, Booker charted his own course into Kentucky politics, a world dominated by the myth of an urban-rural divide, and controlled by the formidable Republican establishment. From the Hood to the Holler is both a moving coming-of-age story and an urgent political intervention.
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