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    I'm looking for book recommendations. Just started the Trial by Kafka and love it. I'll start off by recommending A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan. A brilliant take on the Vietnam War and the greater political-military intellectual currents that informed policymakers. Long, but well worth your time.

    Any suggestions?

  • #2
    I'm not sur eif you've read it already, but The Great Gatsby is a fantastic work of art.

    I would also suggest you pick up an anthology of Edgar Allen Poe's poetry and short stories. He is one writer who has never let me down.


    • #3
      your in a pretty good one


      • #4
        Healing back pain: Dr John Sarno


        • #5
          "To Kill a Mockingbird" is the first book I read as a kid that opened my eyes to literature beyond comicbooks


          • #6
            Huckleberry Finn - Twain. I was 14 when I read it, and it inspired me to run away from home. I was back two days later, but it was a start.

            Crime and Punishment - Dostoyevsky. I read this book in my early 20's when I was really messing things up but telling everyone that all was OK. I took the wisdom from the book, opened up to people, and they supported me as I got things taken care of.

            Slaughterhouse Five - Vonnegut. This one just changed my perspective in general.

            More pragmatic choices:
            The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People- Stephne Covey
            How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnagie
            The Power of Positive Thinking - Vincent Peale


            • #7
              The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho was a big influence in my life as a teenager


              • #8
                These books helped to shape my life in varying degrees

                A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life - Shantideva
                Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu
                The Bible
                Tropic of Cancer - Henry Miller
                Post Office - Charles Bukowski
                On The Road - Jack Kerouac
                The Great Shark Hunt - Hunter S. Thompson
                The Stranger - Camus
                Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung - Lester Bangs
                Last edited by hedges; 02-21-2009, 09:54 AM.


                • #9
                  Two short ones that are quick reads. Maybe not life changing but very eye-opening.

                  Rocks of Ages - Steven Gould
                  Confessions of a Sub-Prime Lender - Bitner


                  • #10
                    I actually though Breakfast of Champions was the more life-changing Vonnegut book. Of course after I read God Bless You Mr. Rosewater before all of those, and it made me want to read everything he had ever written.

                    Kitchen Confiential by Anthony Bourdain was actually a bit life-change for me, along with the No Reservations TV show.

                    I would thinki reading Fight Club would be in this category, but I saw the movie first, so I just moved on to Hidden Monsters, Lullaby, and Survivor, so i'm not sure I can count it...


                    • #11
                      Don Quixote - Cervantes
                      Lost in the Funhouse - Barth
                      and any short story by Borges.


                      • #12
                        The Grapes of Wrath

                        The Life of Pi


                        • #13
                          all these books really changed or impacted my percetption of things
                          the stranger
                          blankets (graphic novel)
                          hitchhikers guide
                          motorcycle diaries
                          the fan man
                          skinny legs and all
                          johnny got his gun


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Yosammity View Post
                            The Grapes of Wrath

                            The Life of Pi
                            loved "the life of pi"


                            • #15
                              You Life of Pi people kill me. I've never felt more cheated by book than the end of that one.

                              The game changer for me was White Noise by Don DeLillo. Knocked Holden Caulfield right of the pedestal for me.