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books that made a difference to me

January 27, 2010

so every month, oprah asks a celebrity what books have made a difference. her magazine then gives that celebrity and her favored books a two- to three-page spread in the magazine with pretty pictures and little blurbs.

seeing as how i am a bookseller and a writer and how i've not blogged about books, really, for some time, and because it's a new year and the majority of my posts, unfortunately, have been morbid...here are the books that matter to me. i'm pretty sure yall know most of'm. but these are the ones that taught me to love literature. i should warn you, some of them are pretty dark and twisty, but would you expect any less from me?

you don't get blurbs, though. bah.

daring to dream, holding the dream and finding the dream -- nora roberts
fahrenheit four fifty-one -- ray bradbury
fear and loathing in las vegas -- hunter s. thompson
the good earth -- pearl s. buck
the harry potter saga -- j.k. rowling
a heartbreaking work of staggering genius -- dave eggers
love rosie -- cecelia ahern
the lovely bones -- alice sebold
nineteen eighty-four -- george orwell
our mutual friend -- charles dickens
the pearl -- john steinbeck
the rainmaker -- john grisham
red dragon -- thomas harris
refuge -- terry tempest williams
right before your eyes -- ellen shanman
a separate peace -- john knowles
the silence of the lambs -- thomas harris
thyestes -- seneca
the time traveler's wife -- audrey niffenegger
the yellow wallpaper - charlotte perkins gilman

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