L.A. Public Library releases Kobe Bryant's reading list

L.A. Public Library releases Kobe Bryant's reading list

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant pays homage to the fans at Staples Center Los Angeles in following the final game of his career on April 13, 2016.

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant pays homage to the fans at Staples Center Los Angeles in following the final game of his career on April 13, 2016. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

LOS ANGELES - In the wake of Kobe Bryant's death in a helicopter crash last weekend, the Los Angeles Public Library has put together a list of books once recommended by the basketball legend.

Bryant was one of nine people, including his daughter Gianna, who died in the crash in Calabasas Jan. 26.

"As one would expect from a passionate storyteller, Bryant also appreciated reading a good book," librarian Keith Kesler wrote in a blog post on the library's website. "I searched through old interviews and social media posts to find the books that inspired the Black Mamba."

The 15 titles include "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho, "The Tipping Point" and "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell, and "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach.

In addition, the library listed four books that Bryant wrote or created, almost all of which were checked out or on hold.



"The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho

"The Illustrated Art of War" by Sunzi

"Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking" by Malcolm Gladwell

"Children of Blood and Bone" by Toni Adeyemi

"The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work" by Joseph Campbell

"Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach

"Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10" by Marcus Luttrell

"Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable" by Tim Grover

"Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike" by Philip H. Knight

"The Silver Linings Playbook" by Matthew Quick

"Sunny" by Jason Reynolds

"Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" by Doris Kearns Goodwin

"The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference" by Malcolm Gladwell

"Thirty Rooms to Hide in: Insanity, Addiction, and Rock 'n' Roll in the Shadow of the Mayo Clinic" by Luke Sullivan

"Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA" by Caron Butler


"Legacy and the Queen" by Annie Matthew

"The Mamba Mentality: How I Play" by Kobe Bryant

"Training Camp: Rain, Twig, Cash, Peno, Lab" by Wesley King

"The Wizenard Series: Training Camp" by Kobe Bryant

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