4 Writers On What Makes Them Feel Most Like Themselves
Four writers who helped us explore how to find your purpose talk about what makes them feel most like themselves.
Uwem Akpan
Uwem Akpan
Jesuit priest and author of the Oprah's latest book club pick Say You're One of Them (Little, Brown).

I act most like myself... when I'm with my friends.

I feel most like myself... when I'm in Ikot Akpan Eda, Nigeria, the village where I was born. See an interactive map of Africa

I feel least like myself... when I'm angry.

Keep Reading: Akpan reveals how inspiration works in mysterious ways

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Anne Lamott
Anne Lamott

Author of Bird by Bird, Traveling Mercies, and Imperfect Birds (Riverhead), out in April.

I look most like worn jeans and a tight-ish white T-shirt.

I act most like church, overeating after worship.

I feel most like myself... lying in bed on Sunday mornings with the dogs and the cat, reading The New York Times.

I feel least like myself...when I have to socialize with people I do not know.

Keep Reading: Just how do you find your own calling? Lamott talks about where to start

Next: When Mary Karr acts most like herself
Mary Karr
Mary Karr
Poet, memoirist, and Guggenheim Fellow, whose latest memoir, Lit (Harper), comes out this month.

I look most like a piece of couture garb that I got at a sample sale.

I act most like myself...all the time. I'm doomed to act like myself, even when it's inconvenient!

I feel most like myself...walking in New York.

I felt least like myself...when I drank and did drugs.

Next: When author Junot Díaz acts most like himself
Junot Diaz
Junot Díaz
2008 Pulitzer Prize winner for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead).

I look most like myself...when I'm wearing my black, nerdy engineering glasses.

I act most like myself...when I'm in my hometown, Santo Domingo. I try to get there about five times a year.

I feel most like myself...after I run—I go out for five miles every morning.

Keep Reading: How pigheaded determination propelled Díaz to write

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