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What Books Do You Read During a Personal Crisis?

Lisa Bu, Ph.D.the content distribution manager at TED, has become the first staff member to speak at the conference’s main stage, talking about “How Books Can Open Your Mind.”

Bu turned to books when she realized she would never achieve her dream of becoming a Chinese opera singer. We’ve embedded the video above–what books do you turn to for comfort in a time of personal crisis? Here’s more about the talk:

What happens when a dream you’ve held since childhood … doesn’t come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of books. Lisa Bu has built a career helping people find great stories to listen to. Now she tells her own story.

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