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    White Oleander, my all time favorite. Astrid went through so much crap at an early age due to the consequences of her mother bad decision. In the end, she beats the odds. The book is greater than the movie.

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    This would be hard to say...I'm no good at lists, there's always so much I want to include. Maybe just consider it books that affected me deeply.

    The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck for what it says about the human spirit and transcendentalism

    The Uses Of Enchantment by Bruno Bettelheim for it's insight into fiction.

    All Quiet on the Western Front by Remarque, it's beautiful and horrible

    Brave New World by Huxley, satire at it's finest

    As I Lay Dying or The Sound and The Fury by Faulkner

    Sophie's Choice by Styron

    Catch 22 by Heller

    Slaughterhouse Five by Vonnegut
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    I thought Sophie's Choice was brilliant but I don't think I can ever read it again. I thought I was going to faint when I read the pivotal scene. I literally thought my heart would break. I sobbed for ages.
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    I cannot remember the specific titles, but they were books on homosexuality that I got (without anyone knowing of course) at the libary when I was in my early teens. I would not have been able to come out if I had not had the information in there-all I had from 'my world' was negative-these books helped show me I was not alone(in the late seventies mind you) and that there were alot of people like me and people and places that thought differently than the closed-minded place where I grew up.

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    I would say just about all of the books I read changed my life to one degree or the other. They fueled my imagination and love of writing, whether they were mysteries, science fiction, drama.

    But if I had to pick one that had a really profound impact on me it was 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X.' I think I read it about five or six times, and the pages started falling out.

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    Ha...don't you love/hate it when you re-read a book so often that it falls apart? I have a few that I've had to replace a few times simply because I know I'll go back to them again and again.
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    Yeah, I hate when I tear my books up like that. But it's a sign that it's a good book.

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    Mythology by Edith Hamilton. Before that I literally had no idea there were other religions, other than jews.
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    ^^Oh my God! I loved that book when I was in school! Thanks for reminding me of it. I'm going to have to get a copy and re-read it. Mythology is amazing.
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