Lars Book Club: July

Frida Kahlo biography

Have you been enjoying the Lars Book Club so far? I’d love to hear what you have to say about it. Do you like the book choices? Have any requests? Last month we read Daily Rituals: How Artist’s Work and we will discuss it after the jump. Today we announce the book selection for July. The Lars Book Club is conducted by Julie Richardson. Add to the conversation and follow along for more inspirational quotes and discussion topics on our the @LarsBookClub Instagram account.

July 6th marks 109 years since the birth of Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s most celebrated and unique artists. Her personality and aura were described as mysterious and magnetic, with her piercing, direct gaze, and a fire or passion that came from within. I knew little about Frida before deciding to feature her in our Lars Book Club, and am now fascinated! What a unique, driven, intense woman, who suffered much pain and hardship, and recorded all of that on canvas. Frida also had a very tumultuous relationship with Diego Rivera, another revered Mexican painter. Learn more about Frida, her life, and her very personal works of art this month as we read Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera (the cover of the one we got is different than the one on Amazon. Don’t fret 🙂

I hope you enjoyed Daily Rituals last month! Taking just a small peek into famous creatives’ lives is eye-opening. We have two questions for you:

1. It’s fascinating to look at how different we all are, and what fuels each of us to do our best. In Daily Rituals, which creative individuals and their routines stood out to you? Did some resonate with you while others repulsed you?

2. We may not count exactly sixty beans per cup of coffee like Beethoven, join Francis Bacon by reading cookbooks before bed, or enjoy an “air bath” like Benjamin Franklin, but we all have different routines that enable us to have the time and capacity to create. Those routines may be unique and downright quirky, or completely run-of-the-mill. If you’d like, please share yours!

Here are some terrific further reading suggestions as you continue your search for your perfect daily rituals:

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam

Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin

The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life by Craig Ballantyne

Photo by Ashley Isenhour

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