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These is my wordsA tree grows in BrooklynGood choices by SarahAnd I'd add:The elegance of the hedgehogAn unquiet mind: Memoir of moods and madnessThat last one was definitely a book that hit me hard because of the emotions of that time and it was just the book I needed then and again a few years later.
You are magical, Ann.I like Sarah and Lauren's lists a whole lot. I'll add:Peace Like a RiverPrairie SongsJane EyreAngle of Repose
I just heard another person whose taste I respect rhapsodize about this book in the most reverential way. So now I have to set aside my policiers and read something substantial evidently. Maybe I should wait till it's not so hot...I could, possibly, have a better frame of mind.Underworld, by Don DelilloCloudsplitter, by Russell BanksWritten on the Body, Jeanette WintersonHarriet the Spy, by Louise FitzhughThe Beauty of the Husband, by Anne Carson
Its seems to me that such a list is fluid. Nevertheless, These books would make my fav's on a fairly regular basis. In no particular order:Huckleberry Finn (it got me reading again)Cat's Cradle (it got me reading what I liked)Catcher In The Rye (helped read for nuance)Rumpole of the Bailer (Inspired, in part, career choice)A Long Way Down (Its just good writing)Holy Scripture (no explanation provided)Cool Cat (Because I wanted to be bad in the 70's)Any book by A. Cannon.
In your column you mention that you question yourself if someone doesn't love a book that you love. Even though I might be insecure in so many other areas of my life, I am true and loyal to my books. I find myself judging other people based on how they feel about a book I love. I don't entirely dismiss them, but if someone dislikes a book I love, I know that they can never be a true "kindred spirit" I adored All the Light We Cannot See and was particularly moved by when Werner, trapped in the bombed out celler, hears Clair de Lune on the radio. Oh my heart!
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