We asked folks we admire to shoutout books and tell us about the impact those books had on them.

Melanie Towey | EOS Implementer® | Business & Mindset Coach

There are two books that have profoundly changed the course of my personal and professional journey. Both books have a lot to do with the entrepreneurial path I am on today and offer a framework I use in both my business as well as my personal life. Both “Traction” by Gino Wickman and “I Am Enough” by Marisa Peer boldly highlighted the importance of strategic growth on a holistic level. These books reaffirmed things I wholeheartedly believed in and that grabbed my attention. Read more>>

Jameka Lewis | Librarian & Historian

When I was in the 5th grade, our class read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor. We read it out loud as a class, and hearing my classmates stumble over certain words or disturbing parts of the book made me wonder why a book about the experiences of poor Black folks made kids so uncomfortable to hear. I mean, I was one of few Black children in my class and I’d learned about American slavery, about what happened to Black people afterwards and the discrimination they faced… Read more>>

Greg Fugate | Photographer

One of my favorite books is More Than a Rock by Utah-based photographer, Guy Tal. This book is a compilation of essays on art, creativity, and photography, and it articulated something that I didn’t have an appreciation for 10 years ago as a relative newcomer to landscape photography. At that time, my energy was focused on gaining experience in the traditional sense, such as building technical knowledge and skills, which are, of course, essential. Read more>>