Jackie Kai Ellis

Jackie Kai Ellis

After running a thriving design firm for several years, Jackie Kai Ellis closed her company and set off to Paris to pursue her life-long love of baking. In 2012, she returned to her home city of Vancouver to open Beaucoup Bakery & Café. Now, Jackie is telling her story in her debut memoir, The Measure of My Powers, narrated by the author herself. Below, Jackie recommends a list of books that inspired her journey.
    • A Stew or a Story

    • An Assortment of Short Works by M.F.K. Fisher
    • Written by: M.F.K. Fisher
    • Narrated by: Carolyn Cook
    • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A Stew or a Story covers five decades of Fisher's writing for such notable and diverse publications as Gourmet....

    • An Assortment of Short Works by M.F.K. Fisher
    • Written by: M.F.K. Fisher
    • Narrated by: Carolyn Cook
    • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
    • Release date: 2016-06-16
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    • "M.F.K. Fisher’s stories intertwined food and life in such a natural way that it would make you wonder if they were not just one after all. Her writing, so ripe and sharp, was the inspiration behind my own book, The Measure Of My Powers."
    • Letter to My Daughter

    • Written by: Maya Angelou
    • Narrated by: Maya Angelou
    • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 14
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    Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya Angelou's path to living well and living a life with meaning....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Maya Stories

    • By Andrea Richards on 2018-07-16
    • Written by: Maya Angelou
    • Narrated by: Maya Angelou
    • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
    • Release date: 2008-10-13
    • 5 out of 5 stars 14 ratings
    • "When I listened to this book, narrated by Dr. Angelou herself, I loved it. I loved her voice: smooth and grounded, like a tree beside water. And I loved learning about a woman who, through her experiences, had earned the wisdom she imparted."
    • The Year of Magical Thinking

    • Written by: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
    • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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    In The Year of Magical Thinking, Didion explores with electric honesty and passion a private yet universal experience....

    • Written by: Joan Didion
    • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
    • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
    • Release date: 2005-09-30
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 24 ratings
    • "A stunning and heartbreaking story of loss. Joan Didion writes, as she did, in a journalistic style making it even more haunting, reminding me of my own moments of grief and the objective detachment I needed to summon the courage to 'look.'"
    • The Gifts of Imperfection

    • Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
    • Written by: Brené Brown
    • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
    • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 406
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    In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted Living....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing narration

    • By Stephanie L. on 2018-02-07
    • Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
    • Written by: Brené Brown
    • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
    • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
    • Release date: 2010-12-20
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 406 ratings
    • "Without this book, I never would have been brave enough to write my own. It was through Brené's research about the power and freedom of authenticity that gave me the courage to share my story as vulnerably as I could bear."
    • A Moveable Feast

    • The Restored Edition
    • Written by: Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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    This new special edition of Hemingway's classic memoir of his early years in Paris in the 1920's presents the original manuscript as the author intended it to be published at the time of his death....

    • The Restored Edition
    • Written by: Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Release date: 2009-07-14
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1 rating
    • "In Paris, I still see glimpses of Hemingway lost in scribbled pages or big cafés. I read this in the months before first moving to Paris, as if it were a primer on a city whose light evaded me. And now Paris belongs to me as deeply as it did to him."
    • My Life in France

    • Written by: Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme
    • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
    • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In her own words, here is the captivating story of Julia Child's years in France, where she fell in love with French food and found "her true calling"....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Makes me want to cook in Paris

    • By Lynda Simmons on 2019-06-08
    • Written by: Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme
    • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
    • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
    • Release date: 2006-04-14
    • 5 out of 5 stars 4 ratings
    • "Before moving to Paris, or studying pastry, I played this audiobook while baking in my teeny kitchen for hours, utterly inspired by this bold woman searching for her place in a new world of gastronomy. It was the start of a dream come true."
    • Le Petit Prince

    • Written by: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    • Narrated by: Bernard Giraudeau
    • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 32
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    "Le premier soir, je me suis donc endormi sur le sable à mille milles de toute terre habitée. J'étais bien plus isolé qu'un naufragé sur un radeau...

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    • les mots ne suffisent pas.

    • By Anonymous User on 2018-06-27
    • Written by: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    • Narrated by: Bernard Giraudeau
    • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
    • Release date: 2015-06-01
    • 5 out of 5 stars 32 ratings
    • "Every time I reread this children's book I am amazed by the wisdom it holds. I've been taught lessons on love from tamed foxes and roses on faraway planets, and it reminds me that wisdom knows no age, as souls also don't seem to have one either."