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    The Bible

    Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

    Personality Type: An Owner's Manual by Lenore Thomson

    The Rosy Crucifixion Trilogy (Nexus, Sexus, Plexus) by Henry Miller




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    Norwegian Wood by Murakami
    The God Of Small Things by Roy
    Mountains Beyond Mountains about Paul Farmer
    Love Thy Neighbor by Peter Maass

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    Smile The Child, the Authoritarian and the Patron Saint

    "The Wind in the Willows", by Kenneth Grahame delighted me as a child and delights me to this day.

    "The Divided Self", by R.D.Laing showed me the divided mind of the authoritarian.

    "The Mass Psychology of Fascism", by Wilhelm Reich showed me what happens when authoritarians get together.

    And, "Understanding Media', by Marshall McLuhan, the patron saint of the internet, shows us what we am doing here today.

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    it made me fall in love with reading.
    mrs j's 1st grade class. 1985.
    every normal man must be tempted, at times,
    to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
    and begin slitting throats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    (1) The Kama Sutra
    That book caused a complete change in outlook for me too, it was a revelation to find a culture in which sex was taboo, just bad sex, really made me think.

    There's a book which I'm sure no one will have heard of which is called "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart", it can appear a little pessimistic and I'm not sure I'd actually befriend the guy who is the author in real life but a hell of a lot of true grit wisdom in there. Wish that I'd read it when I was in like my early teens or something. And been smart enough not to just dismiss it.

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    Anne of Green Gables series L M Montgomery
    Arthur Mee Children's Encyclopaedia
    Encyclopaedia Brittanica Junior

    The Just So Stories Rudyard Kipling
    The Water Babies Charles Kingsley

    The Poems of Banjo Patterson

    The Pleasure of Finding Things Out - lectures and interviews of Richard Feynman
    Brave New World Aldous Huxley
    Ishmael and My Ishmael - Daniel Quinn
    The Witching Hour (and the Vampire Chronicles) - Anne Rice
    Ecotopia - Ernest Callenbach

    Most of the works of the following:

    the urban fantasies of Charles de Lint
    The feminist SciFi of Sherri S Tepper
    Asimov & Heinlein
    Julian May
    Colleen McCulloch
    Christian Jacq
    Leon Uris
    James Michener

    The Prophet - Gibran
    The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam
    A Child's Garden of Verses - Robert Louis Stephenson
    War and Peace - Tolstoy

    ADHD a Different Perception - and other books, political, philosophical and spiritual by Thom Hartmann

    Dreamers, Discoverers and Dynamos - Lucy Jo Palladino
    Please Understand Me II - David Keirsey
    MBTI Manual
    In the Mind's Eye - Thomas G. West

    and soooo many more but these few are the most significant over half a life time and a bit more
    "Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible."
    — Richard P. Feynman

    "Never tell a person a thing is impossible. G*d/the Universe may have been waiting all this time for someone ignorant enough of the impossibility to do just that thing."
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    Harry Potter. I'm not a huge fan anymore, but I used to be from age 10 to 13. I got so sucked into it I totally forgot about getting obsessed with boybands. I'm grateful for that.
    I was sitting outside the classroom waiting to go in, and I saw an airplane hit the tower. The TV was obviously on. I used to fly myself and I said, "There's one terrible pilot."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint Kat View Post
    I got so sucked into it I totally forgot about getting obsessed with boybands. I'm grateful for that.
    Hehe. Fantastic. That's a very good thing!

    I'm sure Harry Potter has changed a lot of people's lives. Especially kids who weren't into reading until it came out. Of course, the movies probably kind of ruined that in a way, although of course the books are way better and anyone who only sees the movies is missing out. (But I still love the movies.)

    Another one for me, or rather a series:
    The Anastasia books by Lois Lowry. I want to raise my kids the way Anastasia's parents raise her in the books.
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    The Fevre Dream really changed my life, its awesome tale and some how about friendship. I read it when I was trying to put this girl I'd been seeing out my head and it worked. Very few things did at that time.

    I Am Legend I remember, in the Sci Fi Masterworks edition with a clawing vampire on the cover, I remember seeing it in the shop and the cover totally grabbed my attention, it was more money than I had to spend back then but I spent it and risked having to skip a meal or two and it was awesome! Few books have really held my attention like that, I was lonely at that time despite having people around, and it really helped, I've re-read it if I get into turmoil.

    Also a book I read but I dont remember all of it or remember how it finishes is Primo Levi's If Not Now When, it was about Jewish partisans during the war living in a big forest, there was a time when I was badly traumatised, the whole family where in a way and seriously my world was in flux but I carried on, went to uni, feel in with a bad, hard drinking group, got further messed up in other peoples emotional shit, dont know how I finished uni and got a job but I did. At the time I sort of credit reading that book, when for the first time ever I couldnt read, had no inclination to read, wanted to just throw everything away, with helping me get back on track.

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    Starship Troopers by Heinlein. I was in high school.

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