Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Sometimes you can read a book and your life changes forever. Maybe it introduces you to a powerful new idea, changes your perspective on the world, inspires you to help others, or to take on the challenge of improving your own life through positive growth. For this month's Memphis Reads Question, please tell us,

What book or books have you read that have changed the way you live?


I would say "Go, Dog, Go" by P.D. Eastman or "Oh, the Places you will Go!" by Dr. Seuss. They are both children's books but I learned to read at age four on the first time. As for the Dr. Seuss book, an ex-boyfriend gave me a copy when I graduated college. Both books remind me being educated and literate will open so many different passages in my life everyday!
Michael Pollan's books, especially "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto," definitely changed the way I think, eat and shop.
Unbreakable Bonds by Dr. Paul Meier is a great self-help book. It helped me to change the way I think and how I interact with people.
I don't even know where to begin...I've been working on my "Top 5 'Must Have' Books for a Children's Library" but just can't choose 5. I have managed to choose these three:
1. "Martin's Big Words"--the life of Martin Luther King, Jr, peace keeper, appropriate for multiple ages, great pictures, girls & boys interest
2. "This Is Our Earth"--by Laura Lee Benson about the beauty of our planet and how we must care for and protect it
3."Players in Pigtails" by Shana Corey--female roles, war changes perceptions, sports, boys & girls interest

As an adult I've raed so many books but I go back to On the Beach by Neville Shute and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood for my continual questioning of what our world's future holds. Very powerful reads! I could go on and on...but most librarians could!
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank was one of the first "not-happily-ever-after" books I read as a teen, and it was probably the first time I thought about personal integrity and coping in the face of disaster. It also scared the bejeebers out of me about nuclear war.
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkein was re-released when I was in high school. People who read and loved it became rather clique-ish- you either "got it" or you didn't. Whether someone "got it" was how I chose friends for years after.
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