Favorite books and poems (for adults and children)

I. Favorite books for adults 

The books featured here are my inspiration. I will add titles as I continue to learn about alternative economies, creativity, generosity, mind-body balance, T’ai chi, meditation and Zen philosophy, or other uplifting concepts and ways of thinking.  I welcome any suggestions as well! at juliawsea@gmail.com.

Bayles, David and Ted Orland. Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking. Santa Barbara, CA: Capra Press, 1993.

Benjamin, Walter. Illuminations. Trans. Harry Zohn. New York: Schocken Books, 1969. Esp. “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” pp. 217-251.

Berger, Sioux. Dix minutes pour être zen. Paris: Marabout, 2013.

Bregman, Rutger. Utopia for Realists and How We Can Get There. Trans. Elizabeth Manton.  London: Bloomsbury, 2017.

Brinkmann, Sven. Stand Firm: Resisting the Self-Improvement CrazeNew York: Wiley, 2017.

Cohen, Gabriel. “Of Course I’m Angry.” In Right Here with You: Bringing Mindful Awareness into our Relationships. Ed. Andrea Miller et al. Boston: Shambhala, 2011, pp. 142-149.

Epictetus. The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness and Effectiveness. Trans. Sharon Lebell. New York: HarperCollins, 1995.

Frankl, Viktor E. Man’s Search for Meaning. Trans. Ilse Lasch. Boston: Beacon Press, 1959.

Also inspiring is this rare video footage of Viktor Frankl, “Why Believe in Others.”

Gibson-Graham, J.K. A Postcapitalist Politics. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006.

Gilman, Michael. 101 Réflexions sur le taïchi-chuan.  Trans. Serge Mairet. Noisy-sur-Ecole : Budo Editions, 2000.

Hui, Ta. Swampland Flowers: The Letters and Lectures of Zen Master Ta Hui. Trans. Christopher Cleary. New York: Grove Press, 1977.

Katie, Byron with Stephen Mitchell. Loving What Is: Four Questions that can Change Your Life. New York: Three Rivers Press (Random House), 2003.

Klein, Bob. Movements of Magic: The Spirit of T’ai-Chi-Chuan.  North Hollywood, CA: Newcastle Pub. Co., 1984.

Klein, Bob. Movements of Power: Ancient Secrets of Unleashing Instinctual Vitality. North Hollywood, CA: Newcastle Pub. Co., 1990.

Linn, Vaddhaka. The Buddha on Wall Street: What’s Wrong with Capitalism and What We Can Do About It. Cambridge, UK: Windhorse Pub., 2015.

Llewellyn, Tom. “Man’s Best Friend? How about Man’s Best Teacher!” Tacoma News Tribune (Jan. 1, 2018).

Louden, Sharon, ed. Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists. Chicago and Bristol: Intellect, University of Chicago Press, 2013.

Marglin, Stephen A. The Dismal Science: How Thinking Like an Economist Undermines Community.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008.

Mason, Paul T. and Randi Kreger. Stop Walking on Eggshells2nd. ed. Oakland, CA: New Harbingers Pub., 2010.

Osler, William, Sir. Osler’s ‘Way of Life’ and Other Addresses, with Commentary and Annotations, ed. Shigeaki Hinohara and Hisae Niki. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2001.

Ozeki, Ruth. A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel. New York: Penguin, 2013.

Parry, Robert. Taïchi. À tout âge, à tout moment, en tout lieu. Paris: Editions de l’éveil1997.

Perl, Grazyna. Quand la fleur se fâne, où s’en va son parfum? Enseignements d’un maître zen. Paris : Seuil, 2011.

Ralston, Peter. Cheng Hsin: The Principles of Effortless Power. Berkeley, CA: Blue Snake Books, 1989.

Sacks, Oliver. The River of Consciousness. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.

Sangharakshita (trans.). Dhammapada (The Way of Truth). Cambridge, UK: Windhorse Publications, 2001.

Shu, Wuling. Path to Peace. Chicago: Amitabha Pub., 2005.

Sincero, Jen. You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. Philadelphia: Running Press, 2013.

Subhadramati. Not About Being Good: A Practical Guide to Buddhist Ethics. Cambridge, UK: Windhorse Publications, 2013.

Sze, Mai-Mai. The Tao of Painting: With a Translation of the Seventeenth-Century ‘Chieh Tzŭ Yüan Hua Chuan’ or Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting (1679-1701). 2nd ed. New York: Pantheon, 1963.

Tharp, Twyla. The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2003.

Tolle, Eckhart. A New Earth: Awakening to your Life’s Purpose. New York: Penguin “Plume,” 2005.

Wan-li, Yang. Heaven My Blanket, Earth My PillowPoems from Sung Dynasty China. Trans. Jonathan Chaves. New York: Weatherhill, 1975.

Watts, Alan. The Way of Zen. New York, Vintage, 1957.

Watts, Alan. The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of AnxietyNew York: Vintage, 1951.  (And anything else by Alan Watts.)

Wilhelm, Hellmut. Change: Eight Lectures on the I-Ching. Trans. Cary F. Baynes. Bollingen Series LXII. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1960.

Yee, Chiang. Chinese Calligraphy: An Introduction to its Aesthetic and Technique. 3rd ed. (1st ed. 1938). Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1973. With foreword by Sir Herbert Read.

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II. Favorite books for children and their friends

Since one of the lines featured by my new business is original illustrated children’s books, it is only right to share some favorite titles.  Many of these books have inspired the altered books created by kids in the free workshops I’ve been teaching since 2012 in the Write YOUR Story program. You can view our books here: “Write YOUR Story.”  Enjoy!

***Wonderful Books from the Lands that Gave us Zen and T’ai Chi***

Hsing-pei, Wang. Monkey Subdues the White-Bone Demon. Illus. Chao Hung-pen and Chien Hsiao-tai. Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 1973.

Mosel, Arlene. Tikki Tikki Tembo. Illus. Blair Lent. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1968.

Pattison, Darcy. The River Dragon. Illus. Jean and Mou-Sien Tseng. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1991.

Sanders, Tao Tao Liu. Dragons, Gods & Spirits from Chinese Mythology. Illus. Johnny Pau. New York: Peter Bedrick Books, 1980.

Sakade, Florence, ed. Urashimo Taro and Other Japanese Children’s Stories. Illus. Yoshio Hayashi. Rutland, VT and Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1959.

*** Other Wonderful Children’s Books ***

Bemelmans, Ludwig. Madeline’s Rescue. New York: Viking Press, 1953.

Brumbeau, Jeff. The Quilt Maker’s Gift. Illus. Gail de Marcken. New York: Scholastic Press, 2000.

Brunhoff, Jean de. The Story of Babar the Little Elephant. Trans. Merle S. Haas. New York: Random House,  1933.

Cali, Davide and Serge Bloch. L’ennemi. Paris: Editions Sarbacane, 2007.

Chamoiseau, Patrick. Creole Folktales. Trans. Linda Coverdale. New York: The New Press, 1994.

D’Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar Parin. D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths. New York: Delacorte Press / Random House, 1962.

Day, Alexandra. The Fairy Dogfather. Seattle, WA:  Laughing Elephant / Green Tiger Press, 2012.

Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm. Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm. Trans. Lucy Crane (1886 ed.) Illus. Walter Crane.  Dover Editions.

Heyward, DuBose. The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes. Illus. Marjorie Flack. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1939.

Johnson, Crockett. Harold and the Purple Crayon. New York: Harper & Row, 1955.

Krauss, Ruth. A Hole is to Dig. A First Book of Definitions. Illus. Maurice Sendak. New York: Harper & Bros., 1952.

Leaf, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand. Illus. Robert Lawson. New York: Penguin, 1936.

Lenski, Lois. The Little Auto. (And entire Mr. Small series of 9 books). New York: Random House, 1934.

Mahy, Margaret. The Great White Man-Eating Shark. A Cautionary Tale. Illus. Jonathan Allen. New York: Puffin / Penguin, 1990.

Mayer, Mercer. The Queen Always Wanted to Dance. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1971.

McCloskey, Robert. Make Way for Ducklings. New York: Viking, 1941.

McDermott, Gerald. Anasi the Spider. A Tale from the Ashanti. New York: Landmark Production, 1975.

McDermott, Gerald. Papagayo, the Mischief Maker. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992.

McDermott, Gerald. Raven. A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest. New York: Harcourt, 1993.

McDonald, Betty. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. Illus. Hilary Knight. (And the series of four Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books). New York: Random House, 1957.

Pelly, Kathleen T. Magnus Maximus, A Marvelous Measurer. Illus. S. D. Schindler. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2010.

Perrault, Charles. Puss in Boots. Illus. Fred Marcellino. Trans. Malcolm Arthur. New York: Farar Straus Giroux, 1990.

Polacco, Patricia. Thank You, Mr. Falker. New York: Penguin, 1998. And anything by Patricia Polacco.

Ross, Christine. The Whirleys and the West Wind. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin Co., 1993.

Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things AreChicken Soup with Rice, and anything by Sendak!

 

III. Favorite poems

Angelou, Maya. “Phenomenal Woman” in And Still I Rise (1978)

Brontë, Emily. “Tell Me, Tell Me, Smiling Child” in Poems (1910)

Hung-tao, Yüan.  “Songs of the Bamboo Branches” in Pilgrim of the Clouds, trans. Jonathan Chaves (1978). (Originally written ca. 1588-1610)

Stevenson, Robert Louis. “Foreign Lands” in A Child’s Garden of Verses (1885)

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