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Kobe's Bookshelf

Keith Kesler, Social Media Librarian, Public Relations Department,
Kobe Bryant reads a book with The Last Bookstore's book tunnel in the background
Photo Credit: Kobe Bryant / Twitter

Kobe Bryant’s post-basketball life was dedicated to inspiring young people through storytelling. He told the Washington Post that in fifty years he hoped to be remembered, “as a person that was able to create stories that inspired their children and families to bond together.” His second act was cut short on January 26 when a helicopter he was riding in with his daughter Gianna and seven others crashed in Calabasas, California.

As one would expect from a passionate storyteller, Bryant also appreciated reading a good book. I searched through old interviews and social media posts to find the books that inspired the Black Mamba. In addition, scroll down for books written or created by Bryant.

Books Recommended by Kobe Bryant

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Books Written or Created by Kobe Bryant

This article was edited on February 7, to include two additonal books: Good to Great, and Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone.