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Shelf Life: Goodwin's Sources of Literary Inspiration

This week, Shelf Life turns to a Washington insider for her favorite reads and inspirational books.

Amber Goodwin from Mobilize.org, a nonprofit created to empower and invest in millennials, took some time to answer a few questions.

Q: Can you give us an example of a book you read as a child that influenced where you are today?

A: Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. My third-grade teacher in Texas used to always read this to us, and the mom featured in the story repeats to her son, Ill love you forever, and Ill like you for always. To this day, I think its easy to love someone, but its damn near impossible to like someone forever like my parents have liked my sisters and I.

Q: Can you give an example of a book you read in high school or college that influenced you?

A: In undergrad, I read Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. I had never read creative non-fiction before, and I love how you can tell your story while incorporating a journalistic spin. Its a great literary escape for news junkies like myself.

Q: What about a book youve read as an adult?

A: I read Take This Bread by Sara Miles in graduate school a couple of years ago. It is about a former radical atheists spiritual journey, conversion and call to action to help others. A beautifully written story of transformation, which I think we can all relate to regardless of your religious beliefs.

Q: What book would you recommend to members of Congress or congressional staff?

A: The Conscience of a Liberal by the late Sen. Paul Wellstone. It reminds me to act with compassion and reason [and] always fight like hell.

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