Channel Kindness by Lady Gaga and The Born this Way Foundation Reporters


Let’s face it - 2020 has not been an easy year. Every day we hear stories of the impact of the pandemic on individuals, families, communities and countries. In fact, the world has been forever changed. What I choose to read right now impacts my level of positivity in today’s world. Channel Kindness, by Born This Way Foundation Reporters & Lady Gaga, is just the book I needed to remember all the good in this world.

The book, introduced by Lady Gaga, is a collection of 51 stories which emit positivity, resilience and kindness by today’s youth. Simply said, the book is uplifting and inspirational not only providing hope to today’s youth, but to all of us. The stories have been collected by Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, founded by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, and include a diverse population of youth represented. Stories include a man who sells food and drinks to businesses via an electric golf cart, and matches these sales in food in drink to the homeless and the story of a young woman who creates a friendship advocacy program which pairs individuals with challenges with someone in their peer group. These are just two of the stories we learn about in this book.

I enjoyed the book and learning about each of the stories. This is not a book you want to binge read, however. I say this because the stories have greater meaning when the reader is allowed to reflect upon the information shared. I loved the fact that the stories told represented the most diverse population I’ve ever read. Furthermore, the individual stories often originated from adversity - bullying, mental health issues, isolation due to LGBTQ+ identification. The underlying theme of the book is that kindness provides a power to create positive change.

I listened to the audiobook edition of the book which was narrated by Lady Gaga, Alex Aide, Aysha Mahmood, Connor Long, Cynthia Germanotta, Hanna Atkinson, Mitu Yilma & Shadille Estepan. Like the authors of the stories themselves, these narrators represent a vast range of diversity which made the narration more authentic and true to the authors.  

Thanks to libro.fm and Macmillan Audio for the ALC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here. What makes Libro.fm so unique is that 100% of both print and audiobook purchases support your local bookstores. The link to your local bookstore for this title can be found here: https://bookstorelink.com/9781250245588.  This book publishes on September 22.

My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5.

32 comments:

  1. This sounds like an excellent book! We all need to hear positive stories of the love and kindness in the world. I am going to seek this book when it comes out! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I think this books sounds like just the nice little uplifting thing everyone needs to read since everything is so.... dismal? at this time. I'm not sure if that's the perfect word but you know what I mean. (:

    Single Vegas Girl / http://singlevegasgirl.blogspot.com

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  3. I was looking for a new book to read. This book is definitely my type of thing. Thank you for your book recommendation.

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  4. Oh wow! I've never heard of this one but it sounds amazing! We all need a little more positivity

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the book if you decide to read it.

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  5. This sounds like a lovely book - we could all do with reading some uplifting stories these days, anything to remind us that life goes on and there is positivity to be found.

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  6. I may pick up the audio book for some positivity! Thanks for the review.

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  7. Sounds so good!!! Awesome review, thank you for sharing

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  8. This seems a nice book. Thank you for the recommendation. I never expect lady gaga would introduce a book like this haha. She is a singer.

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    1. Thanks Fransic. Lady Gaga is very philanthropic. She's a very generous woman in addition to be a creative musical artist.

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  9. Great review! I have never heard of this book until now but it sounds amazing and I love that it's all about positivity

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  10. Not only does this sound like a great read, but I would love to listen to the audiobook with those narrators!! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. How does libro.fm make money if 100% goes back to the bookstore?

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    1. Libro.fm shares the profit with your bookstore of choice. What the statement indicates is that 100% of the bookstore's profit goes back to the bookstore you select by clicking on the link.

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  12. Sounds so inspiring, kindness can bring such a magic impression..
    Thanks for recommending..

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  13. This sounds like such a positive book, which is exactly what we need right now - thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Serena / http://www.ramblingsofanotherunigraduate.com

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  14. I love that you advise us to pause and reflect, not just binge-read this. I look forward to getting it--sounds like an inspiring, feel good read

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  16. It is delight to see such positive book. In addition to this, I will sure try audiobook soon.

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