Books that changed your life

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Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn, really did change my life.
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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

It's amazing what people notice about others and what they fail to ask or see or ever even engage someone who is on the "outskirts"

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Originally Posted by Amneris
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by I-Can't-Remember-The-Author...

I also don't go in for self help books (funny, since I'm a psychotherapist...), but the Poisonwood Bible changed my view of the world, and The Curious Incident helped me see the world from a unique perspective.
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Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Originally Posted by Amneris
Wow, I haven't heard anyone talk about Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys! It blew me away when I read it the first time. It's just such an interesting take on the madwoman in the attic of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.
The Book of Mormon can change anyone's life. It has changed mine.
Originally Posted by JoshGroban'sRockin'Curls
The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ is absolutely life changing. The one book I couldn't live without!

The Bible is my companion to the Book of Mormon.

These books are both so important to my soul and the inner understanding of who I am and who I need to be. This is an deeply personal, spiritual and eternal change.

In a much less dramatic way a book that has changed my daily life is Curly Girl!
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Originally Posted by veronica
that was a good read
We have room for but one flag, the American flag. We have room for but one language here and that is the English language Ö.and we have room for but one sole loyalty, and that is a loyalty to the American people. óTheodore Roosevelt
When I moved out of state, I joined my neighborhood bookclub in order to "get out there" and socialize with my neighbors. It changed my life. I used to read in high school, but since then always found other things took my marriage, job, kids. This was the first time I gave something to ME and allowed myself the time.

But the book that took things up a notch and brought it to the next level of enjoyment:

The Kite Runner (a story of redemption) by Khaled Hosseini
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
The Sound and the Fury by W. Faulkner
Light In August by W. Faulkner

KR because it was just such a great story and read. I immediately wanted to read it again upon finishing.

Faulkner books because I never thought I would have been able to read such difficult books. I took the Oprah book challenge for the first time (I know corny) last summer and used the Boards to help me understand AILD. It took me 3 tries to get 1/3 of the way thru it, but once the light bulb went off........It was AMAZING. I had so much confidence and fell in love with Faulkner's style. If I had read it on my own, I believe I would have thrown the book against the wall in frustration. It was my literary epiphany and got me started in reading some other classic lit.
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There is on book that has made a big impact on me and I have read it many times. I actually have two of it.

It is Swedish and written my Marianne Fredriksson. It is called "Den Som Vandrar om Natten". Translated to "Nightwanderer".
She has written other books that has reall been good too.
There is on book that has made a big impact on me and I have read it many times. I actually have two of it.

It is Swedish and written my Marianne Fredriksson. It is called "Den Som Vandrar om Natten". Translated to "Nightwanderer".
She has written other books that has reall been good too.
Originally Posted by Kurlee
Wow Kurlee, what was it about the book that made such an impact?
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Well, it is a very complex book but there is a sentence in it that goes kinda like this:

"Some had as children visited the underworld and been colored (affected) by this trip for ever".

It is about a boy that is born by a evil crazy woman. His grandfather takes care of him and when he is a couple of years old he stopps talking. The grandfather finds a wise man to heal his soul. It is about the mans relationship with the boy.
It is all played out just before the birth of Jesus (although has not much to do with that).

It is a very complex book so this is just the very short and simple version.

I have had a hard life as a child and teenage years and that sentence spoke to me. Well, the whole book did.
So many children "visit the underworld" and it defines who they are as adults. In good and bad ways.
Wow, that is powerful. Thanks for sharing.
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I would recommend 'Cave in the snow' it is about a western woman, Tenzin Palmo, who strives for female enlightenment in a male dominated society, that of Buddhist monks in Tibet.

A friend lent it to me & I actually thought it would be quite boring but it turned out to be a real inspiration. This is a truly uplifting story about an amazing woman from an ordinary background.
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The Slave Trade by Hugo Smith
Backlash, The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
People of the Lie by M. Scott Peck
Crystal Healing Katrina Raphaell
A Gentle Path through the Twelve Steps by Patrick Carnes
The 12 Steps in the Bible by Michele S. Matto
Overeaters Anonymous 12 Steps and 12 Traditions
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Is it me, or does anyone else find Toni Morrison novels to be a hard read? I have had other people agree with me, to include my 11th grade high school English teacher who suggested that I read Beloved back in 92', I might add. I am curious if anyone else feels the same. Its not that I cannot finish her novels, I just find myself re-reading in order to make sense of some things.
Originally Posted by Lydyybuggin76
No, you're not alone. as much as I want to enjoy her writing, I can not get into her work because I don't inherently comprehend her writing style.
Some of my favorite books:

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Michael Chabon)
Guns Germs and Steel (Jared Diamond)
Ragtime (E. L. Doctorow)
A Lesson Before Dying (Ernest Gaines)
Don't Think of an Elephant (George Lakoff)
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Everything is Illuminated (Jonathan Safran-Foer)
Rosencranz and Guildenstern are Dead (Tom Stoppard)
Slaughterhouse 5 (Kurt Vonnegut)

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i've long long long lost count how many times i have read this or in at what age or even in what language i read it first. it's the sort of entity that just feels as if it has always been there because the effects it had on my mind were so profound i can't imagine that i haven't always been this way. it's started to take on more of a friendship than a book-i-love sort of position, and because of this i cannot stand to see a copy unloved somewhere in a used bookstore.

so i own 8 or 9 in four languages.

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