Los Angeles library releases Kobe Bryant’s reading list

Legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant was known for more than just his prowess on the court.

After retiring, the star athlete became a producer and writer who won an Oscar in his first nomination.

Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others were all killed Sunday when the helicopter they were flying in crashed.

To honor Bryant’s appreciation for reading, the Los Angeles Public Library released “Kobe’s Bookshelf,” a 15-title list culled from mentions by Bryant in interviews and on social media.

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

The books include:

“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

“The Illustrated Art of War,” by Sun Tzu

“Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking,” by Malcolm Gladwell

“Children of Blood and Bone,” by Tomi 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

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