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Old 02-17-2014, 04:18 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Zorba the Greek, which I read at an absurdly young age.

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Old 02-17-2014, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Warwick, RI
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First, it was "One Up On Wall Street", by Peter Lynch, then later it was "The Intelligent Investor" by Benjamin Graham.
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:05 PM
 
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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle

I was born in 1951 and was in about the 3rd or 4th grade when I read this book. At this time all a girl would be able to be would be a teacher, nurse, secretary, or homemaker.

But reading this book I loved that Margaret and her Mother did things and had adventures. I think this got me started on my career track and glad it did.
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Old 02-19-2014, 05:43 PM
 
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Cosmos by Carl Sagan.

[i should read it again]
I love Carl Sagan books. Now every time someone starts talking about their signs (Sagitarius, Libra, etc.), I think about him. I never say anything though. I guess he did change my thinking on a lot of things. Did you know they're doing a new Cosmos tv series?
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:01 PM
 
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It is a long list, but here are a few to start:

2666 by Roberto Bolano--a five-novella novel that made me rethink the possibilities of genre fiction and realism. It is a profound exploration of violence, masculinity, art, and despair.

1491 by Charles C. Mann--a journalist surveys the last century of scholarship on the pre-Columbus Americas to tell the story of the people who lived, thrived, and died here. This really opened up my eyes to the Western fiction of the pre-contact Americans--people who were largely encountered after their civilizations were decimated by diseases inadvertently brought to their lands by early European explorers.

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf--this book helped me start to appreciate literary modernism. I still consider Woolf the best of the modernists.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver--a beautiful, haunting collection of short stories about love, life, and loss. It made me realize how much can be said by leaving things out.

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan--terrifying and illuminating; I don't look at food the same way anymore.

Emily Dickinson's Poems--reintroduced me to poetry. There is more craft, wisdom, and daring here than in everything that came after, probably.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X--this taught me about the story of race in the Northern cities, and his journey through different philosophical and religious beliefs strikes me as the American Confessions of Saint Augustine.
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Old 02-19-2014, 09:01 PM
 
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'Old Shakes', i.e the Bard

All human experience is there between his pages. You learn as you read. The words and cadences of his lines offer the reader the great thoughts in a deep and beautiful way. His works changed our inner world for all time.
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Old 02-19-2014, 09:58 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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Some were more life changing than others at various stages of my life,

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou
"To Kill a Mockingbird" Harper Lee
"Redwall" by Brian Jacques
"Watership Down" by Richard Adams
"Every Living Thing" by James Herriot (I loved all of his books)
"Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
"Undaunted Courage" by Stephen Ambrose
"Band of Brothers" by Stephen Ambrose
"The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz
"Night" by Elie Weisel
"The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey
"The Book of Virtues" by William J. Bennett
"The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Micahel Pollan
"How to Practice" by the Dalai Lama
"The Art of Happiness" by the Dalai Lama
"How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie
"Seal of Honor" by Gary Williams

and many more.
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Old 02-20-2014, 08:25 AM
 
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"Night" by Elie Weisel
A powerful book!....
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Old 02-20-2014, 08:51 AM
 
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Another nod to the Bible.
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Old 02-20-2014, 09:38 AM
 
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Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race, T.W. Rolleston - These were read to me by my mother at the same time that she was also reading me children's Bible stories. I assumed they were as true as the Bible stories.

The Asiatics, Frederic Prokosch, and Victory, Joseph Conrad, the first I read before high school, and the second while I was in high school.

The Crock of Gold, James Stephens
What the Buddha Taught, Walpola Rahula.
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