Reading List: The Bridge to Brilliance

UPDATED: July 31, 2016
PUBLISHED: July 31, 2016

As a principal at a challenging Brooklyn public school, Nadia Lopez was thinking about quitting. Then photographer Brandon Stanton, founder of the popular blog, Humans of New York, happened to interview one of her students. Suddenly Lopez was a media star invited to visit President Obama at the White House. Now she shares the strategies that enable her to foster success in the unlikeliest of environments.

The Bridge to Brilliance
By Nadia Lopez with Rebecca Paley
August; Viking; $27

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This article originally appeared in the August 2016 issue of SUCCESS magazine.

Chauncey Mabe is a freelance writer, book critic, and blogger in Miami, Fla. For 23 years he served as Book Editor and Senior Entertainment Writer at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. He was Book Blogger for the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the parent organization of Miami Book Fair International, from 2009 to 2012. He also blogs for the Betsy Hotel South Beach hotel, which sponsors literary events year round. His reviews and feature stories have appeared in publications such as the Toronto Globe & Mail, the Serving House Journal, Inspicio, the Palm Beach Arts Paper, the Baltimore Sun, the Juneau Empire, and the Chicago Tribune.