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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.
Originally Posted by sandradee
Agreed! You guys just made me want to go read that again. It has been a few years...

Other tops for me would be
The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying (Faulkner was the reason I studied lit)
Lancelot by Walker Percy (amazing--I love Percy's Message in the Bottle too, which is not fiction, but explains many of his philosophy, which influences his works)
On Beauty by Zadie Smith (painful and completely beautiful--I just posted this on another thread)
Can't Quit You Baby by Ellen Douglas
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
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Irresistible Revolution absolutely changed my life. Literally. It caused me to totally throw away my own plans. It changed my outlook on the real Jesus vs. the modern day "church".
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The Child Called It was a good book.
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Did you ever encountered books that improved your life, made it easier or helped you gain confidence in yourself?

I heard about Louise L. Hay and it seems to be a very good author telling helpful things.
Do you know other books, good authors or stories that are helping to find his own way in life
Originally Posted by McCurly
My mother was diagnosed with arthritis 9 yrs ago. She has always been a very critical and judgemental woman with a lot of self-loathing. I was headed down the very same path.

I came across Louise L. Hay -You Can Heal Your Life and was blown away by the thought pattern she considers the cause of arthritis - Criticism and resentment. That one line caused me to take stock of my life.

I became a bit of a self-help book junkie for a couple years until I was given a Course in Miracles which is the only "self-help" book I read now.

Although I wonder if Curltalk is its own form of self-help. Hmmm.....
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Seek not to change the world. Rather seek to change your mind about the world.
I know it's sooo cliche, but The Fountainhead really did change my life. Besides the obvious changes in how I looked at people and myself, I also developed a taste for the modern. I now appreciate simplicity and function much more than I used to.

Black Like Me is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. I can't believe that human beings treated each other in such a way...and only a few short years ago! During my parent's lifetimes! Howard Griffin made the 50s and 60s, which felt so far away to me, seem so much more real. It brought me to tears...books don't do that very often.I read a lot of books about social behaviors, genocide, class, status...everything about people treat each other. The Rape of Nanking is another book that made me take a very hard look at the human race, and the horrible things societies are capable of. There were parts that made me sick, but I read it anyway because I felt that what the author was describing was too important to skip over.
Around a year ago I was going through a really rough time and discovered Haruki Murakami. Norwegian Wood in particular gave me a lot of strength, as well as being my first foray into the work of what is now my favorite author.
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Don't know if it's been mentioned yet but The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera is one of the most beautiful books I've ever read
The Bible (in particular, Psalm, 1 and 2 Solomon, and 1 John)

The Body and On Writing by Stephen King really, really made me love writing.
Well I don't know if this book really improved my life overall, or any of the other criteria you mentioned, but it definitely had a HUGE impact of my life...

"The Little Prince" is such a beautiful, touching book with a ton of hidden meanings. It's just really deep. It seems sort of like a different type of love story, but it's also very sad, observant, and deals with a darker side of life. I don't know, but somehow that book just really strikes a chord in me.
The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker

Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol

There Are No Children Here - Alex Kotlowitz
Originally Posted by Summer91

I really enjoy Jonathan Kozol and Savage Inequalities is really eye opening. I am a Social Worker and find these reads really inspire me when I am feeling hopeless or distraught about depressing things I deal with each day.

I got a lot out of "Rachel's Children" by Kozol.

"Ishmael" by Quinn was the most powerful an influential book I have ever read. I felt like the author was very intuitive about the meaning of it all. It was truly inspiring, and I felt like Quinn was reading my mind and my heart as I went through each page.
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The Madeleine L'Engle books, particularly A Wrinkle in Time - It made me want to be a scientist.
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The Alchemist and Maktub - both by Paulo Coelho
And the end of the day , all you've got is yourself..
I would have to say that Swanns Way by Marcel Proust is my favorite book and it totally changed my life. I got it completely by chance on a book swapping website so it was free but pricelessly wonderful read
I dont remember the name of the author, but the book is called the 5 love languages. It tells you how to understand your relationships better and to understand that different people interpret love in different ways. It has quizzes in it to determine what love language you are and your significant other.
The Life of Your Dreams in 30 Days or Less by Cindy Day

The Genie Within by Harry Carpenter

Born to Manifest by Thomas Murasso

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Calling in the One - I can't remember the author's name.

All of the above are on the Law of Attraction. All let me know the power I have within me to create my own world.
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Around a year ago I was going through a really rough time and discovered Haruki Murakami. Norwegian Wood in particular gave me a lot of strength, as well as being my first foray into the work of what is now my favorite author.
Originally Posted by bixby
Good call - one of my favourites. I think that is the first book I have ever really related to in terms of subject matter and prose - He writes beautifully. I've read so many of them and most seem similar to me now with regards to theme - apart from The Wind up bird chronicles, none have lived up to the feeling I got from NW.

It didn't change my life though - books and film just give you someone else's perspective on things but for me they never change things.
The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker

Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol

There Are No Children Here - Alex Kotlowitz
Originally Posted by Summer91
Jonathan Kozol is a great auhtor you would probably like "The shame of the nation" what a sad but true account of inner city schools and those that don't get a real chance at a fair educational it would make anyone sympathize.
The coldest winter ever was a great read. Truman Capote-In cold blood, touched me to the core because he actually went and interviewed one of the indviduals that murdered the clutter family and from reading the book anf from many people close to Capote he actually started to have feelings for this murderer. Also Awakening by Diane wilson. Finally but not least Randy Pausch-The last lecture(RIP) what an amazing book and amazing individual! If you ever felt like you wanted to give up and you wanted to accomplish something in life and haven't this will give you the fire to continue. I love alot James Patterson books.There are sooooo many other books but for now these are just a fraction of them.

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