Great Books Week- 2010: Monday Topic
What book has had the greatest impact on your life? In what way?
I thought about this for a good while and realized there is no way I could narrow it down to just one book. Books have long been my sanctuary, my escape, my education, my way of connecting with and exploring places and things that reality or practicality precluded me from discovering.
So with that said, I’ll include a few of the books that I’ve taken something important from over the years.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B White – For the way it showed how those with differences can work together to help someone, and that compassion, friendship and the unselfish act of giving can work wonders.
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank– Because it shows- with innocent candor- both the amazing strength of the human spirit and the horrid things human beings are capable of doing to one another.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger and The Outsiders by S.E Hinton-Mostly because these two books were a constant presence in my pre-teen and teenage years. I think that was true of myself and many others, because misfits- of one kind or another- tend to identify with one another.
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd and Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman– Because they are both about a little girl searching for something- mostly a mother’s love and the acceptance it brings and finding that it can come in unexpected places.