What Are You Reading? Stephanie Jackson

 Stephanie Jackson is a believer, wife, mom, Director of Public and Media Relations at The Design Group, and Communications Director and Spokesman for the Office of Mayor Frank Scott, Jr.

In her words:

I was born and raised in Little Rock, a product of Little Rock public schools, and I obtained my BA in Broadcast Journalism from UA-Little Rock. In my spare time, I love to listen to podcasts and (if there’s any more time to spare) sleep!

What have you been reading lately?

I recently finished Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by one of my favorite authors, Malcolm Gladwell.

Next on my list is Spilt Milk by Kopano Matlwa. She is a South African author I discovered during my family’s 2019 summer vacation to that country.

What book or other media do you keep coming back to again and again? 

I love Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell and often refer to the “ten-thousand hour rule,” especially when I’m encouraging my daughter in her pursuits.  (Gladwell’s rule proposes that achieving total mastery of any skill is largely a matter of practicing the correct way for a total of around 10,000 hours.)

What role has reading played in your life?

I can best answer this question with this quote by our beloved James Baldwin:

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.”

(We’re much more alike than we are different…)