Books·My Life in Books

6 books that inspired The Goods co-host Andrea Bain

The author of Single Girl Problems shares a selection of books that influenced her life and work.

Andrea Bain, co-host of the CBC show The Goods, has written a book, Single Girl Problems, that breaks down stigmas surrounding women who choose not to "settle down." When she isn't hosting lifestyle shows or relationship panels, Bain is an avid reader. Below, Bain shares six books that have inspired her life and work.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The son of a diplomat, Afghan-American writer, Khaled Hosseini drew upon some of his own childhood experiences when writing The Kite Runner. (Elena Seibert/Anchor Canada)

"It's one of my favourites and I've read a lot of books — I mean a lot. Hosseini's words transport you to Kabul and for weeks after I finished reading it I felt like I was still there. His writing is so powerful that even thinking about the book cover makes me emotional. I also despise it when books or movies are over hyped, so all I will say is read it!"

Reposition Yourself by T.D. Jakes

T.D. Jakes has published several self-help books, made appearances on television and operates a non-denominational church in Texas. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File/Simon & Schuster)

"It's not lost on me that I'm living a life my grandmother couldn't imagine. As wonderful as that is, it can also be quite overwhelming because there's no one to ask questions like, 'How do you do this?' or, 'Am I making the right decision?' Luckily, I came across Bishop T.D. Jakes' book, Reposition Yourself, which helped answer those questions. It helped to reassure me that 'I've got this,' and that the only thing holding me back is myself."

Keeping the Love You Find by Harville Hendrix

Harville Hendrix has more than 35 years experience as an educator, public lecturer and couples' therapist. (Arthur Cohen/Atria Books)

"Everybody needs to read this book. Everybody. You, your partners, your exes and your divorce lawyer — everyone you know needs to read it! I first heard about Hendrix in an interview with Alanis Morissette on Oprah. A few days later I tracked down his book Keeping the Love You Find, read it cover to cover in one go and had an 'Oprah ah-ha moment.' Inside this 315-page book were all the answers to every relationship question and issue I'd ever had."

Destined to Witness by Hans J. Massaquoi

In Destined to Witness, Massaquoi recounts his childhood, growing up black in Nazi Germany. (HarperCollins)

"If I had to choose between fiction and nonfiction, I'd choose nonfiction nine out of 10 times. There's something about being let into someone else's life that I find fascinating. Massaquoi recounts his life growing up as a young Black boy in Nazi Germany. It's a story that's not only unique, but is nearly unbelievable. This is one of those stories that belongs on the big screen."

Audition by Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters is an award-winning journalist and the first woman to ever co-host a network news program. Her memoir captures her many accomplishments and the challenges she faced. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters/Vintage Books)

"Growing up, it was my dream to become a journalist as revered as Barbara Walters. Saying that I idolized her would be an understatement. She broke so many barriers and proved that women can be just as tough and fair as their male counterparts. But details about her personal life were few and far between so when she finally released her autobiography, Audition, there was no question, I had to read it. From the divorce to the affairs and all the juicy behind-the-scenes drama, there were surprises on every page that an adoring fan like myself had no idea about."

The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

The Audacity of Hope is Barack Obama's second memoir. It was published in 2006, three months before Obama announced his presidential campaign. (Susan Walsh/AP/Broadway Books)

"Before anyone thought he would win the U.S. presidency, I was a fan of Obama. I flew to Nevada to hear him talk at a conference and was blown away by how he commanded the room. At the time, no one thought he had a chance of winning and was merely making a name for himself but boy were they wrong. The title of this book is the best description of his journey. From humble beginnings to the White House, Obama demonstrated that nothing is impossible and his message lifted the entire world."

Andrea Bain's comments have been edited and condensed.


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