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Old 05-23-2010, 07:00 PM
 
Location: colorado
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Have you ever read a book that blew your mind? It doesn't have to be the best book you've ever read, or your most favorite, just a book that really made you say "wow" or maybe made you look at things in a new way.

For example, I've read two in the last six months that really blew me away: Brave New World and All Quiet on the Western Front. They got me for different reasons, Brave New World because I felt that Huxley was on to something, and All Quiet on the Western Front because it really made the emotions of the fight come to me. Wow. And thanks!

I love The Giver by Lois Lowry
also Under Gypsy skies by Kathryin Kramer. I read that book when I was 17 and said if I have daughter #2 she is going to be name Alicia after the character in the book. I already had a name picked out for daughter #1. I had her name picked out from reading John Saul book Comes the Blind Fury after the character Amanda
And now I do have an Amanda and an Alicia...

I love to read so thanks everyone for the good ideas
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Old 05-23-2010, 07:16 PM
 
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You're Teaching My Child What? by Mariam Grossman, M.D.

Unbelievable information of what Sex Education really consists of in the public school nowdays; written by a doctor, who tells of the medical as well as psychological risks to our kids. Pretty scary stuff. DH and I read it next to the computer, checking the facts presented and were able to verify almost everything in the book. If you have school age kids, you might want to check it out.
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Old 05-23-2010, 07:44 PM
 
Location: California
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When I was a young teen I picked up a book at a neighbors garage sale that blew me away and started me on reading all sort of things I never thought I would like, it was Watership Down.
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
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I'm just about done with Loving Frank.. a novel about Frank Lloyd Wright and his long time mistress (soulmate, lover, should have been wife) Mamah Borthwick... It's an amazing book and I don't want it to end..

Amazon.com: Loving Frank: A Novel (9780345495006): Nancy Horan: Books
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:33 AM
 
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I'm just about done with Loving Frank.. a novel about Frank Lloyd Wright and his long time mistress (soulmate, lover, should have been wife) Mamah Borthwick... It's an amazing book and I don't want it to end..

Amazon.com: Loving Frank: A Novel (9780345495006): Nancy Horan: Books
Oh my maybe something is wrong with me but I hated this book . did not find any redeeming qualities about it at all sorry .
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
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Meh.. I dont condone what they did, but its a great book.. very well written.. not to mention, I love Frank Lloyd Wright and have for a very long time. It's neat to have a personal story to go along with someone whose work I've admired for as long as I can remember..
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Old 05-27-2010, 03:04 AM
 
Location: central Oregon
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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich was the first book that made me say WOW! I read it over 30 years ago in high school and I still remember it vividly. The title has always stuck with me.
Another book is The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. This book moved me in such a way that it sparked a string of some extraordinary poetry over the next decade. I'm still writing poetry, but not as much as back then.
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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What Dreams May Come affected me that way. Interesting handling of less-than-savory topics like suicide, the concept of purgatory, and the afterlife.

I also found myself thinking a lot about some of the arguments presented in The Shack, but I seem to be alone in that regard -- many take issue with the depiction of God as a Black woman, and Jesus and the Holy Spirit, but I can honestly say that while the book is not a whole lot to get excited about, I enjoyed the perspectives on religion presented.

Other works that have made me think are some of the classics, and a lot of the works that were contemporary when I was in HS and college in the 1970s -- Catch 22 comes to mind, as does Erica Jong's Fear of Flying.
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Out of the Dark by Sharon Sala. It didn't exactly blow my mind but everytime I read it I can't put it down and I've read it like 4 times.

A Child Called It & The Lost Boy by David Peltzer. We heard him speak at the youth conference at MTSU 1 year & then bought his books. I LOVE this guy. Honestly. He blew us away. Even my mom. And there wasn't a dry eye in the house when he got done telling his story. If I had to recommend only 1 author for someone to read it would be him.
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:56 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Just lately, I thought of this thread when I closed a book. David Lodge's "Deaf Sentence" has the most beautiful ending of any book I've ever read. (Don't cheat and jump ahead and peek---it won't have any impact unless you've followed the subtle turns of the story.)
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