Although she began her career as an actress, catapulting to stardom in films like There’s Something About Mary and Being John Malkovich, the multitalented Cameron Diaz’s interests range from educational and environmental advocacy to health and fitness. In 2013 she published The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body, which examined the importance of nurturing the body and mind in an engaging, down to earth way that encouraged readers to apply her well-researched advice (and hard-won insights) to their own lives. Her most recent book, The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time, explores the science of aging, particularly for women, holding up an often taboo topic to the light and discussing it with refreshing frankness and alacrity in an effort to encourage women to age with strength, and resilience (don’t miss our post on 6 Inspiring Takeaways from Cameron Diaz’s New Book). Ms. Diaz’s call for us to treat our bodies with the dignity, reverence, and compassion that they deserve is inspiring. Below she shares 10 authors whose works and lives have inspired her.
E.B. White (Charlotte’s Web)
One of the first books that unleashed my imagination and truly inspired my love for reading as a kid.
Rachel Carson (Silent Spring)
She is a scientist, an activist, an environmentalist, and an amazing writer. Her holistic outlook on nature and nurture and science and society is one I’ve carried with me always.
Jane Fonda (Prime Time and My Life So Far)
Jane is one of the most honest, inspirational women I’ve been lucky enough to meet. She’s had such an incredible career as an artist and really led the way for women in our business creating and maintaining a brand that was entirely her own.
Lena Dunham (Not That Kind of Girl)
She is literally one of a kind. Funny, smart, brave, creative and leading the way as part of a whole new generation of feminists.
David Lynch (Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity)
Transcendental Meditation has transformed my life and David Lynch has transformed meditation into an art form.
Martin J. Blaser (Missing Microbes)
To help you better listen to your gut, Dr. Blaser will teach you everything you need to know to understand just how big a role your microbiome plays in your overall health.
Gwyneth Paltrow (It’s All Good and It’s All Easy—newly minted)
I LOVE FOOD and Gwyneth’s books really capture the fun and passion of cooking and eating at home with friends and family, with a sneaky emphasis on being healthy while you do it.
Johnathan Silvertown (The Long and the Short of It; The Science of Lifespan and Aging)
Silvertown, an ecologist, has such smart and funny theories and observations about immortality, life span, and longevity by examining the natural world through a historical and scientific lens.
Drew Barrymore (Wildflower)
Aside from inspiring me as an artist, business woman, mother and friend, Drew the author knows just what to say and how to say it to touch your heart.
Carol Burnett (This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection)
One of the funniest women ever to walk the planet.
The Longevity Book is in stores on April 5.