"Mind-Changing" Reads from Publib

For two days, Publib hosted a long, ridiculously rich thread on life-altering books. Being a book nerd, I couldn’t help but read nearly every single message. I’m not sorry I did because I came across quite a few books I’d never heard of that sound amazing. Some highlights:

—Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible ("Resolved my questions about the big issues of religion")
—E.M. Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front ("I read this book in grade 10 or 11 about 35 years ago or so. It nonplussed me at that time to read a book where German soldiers could be the ‘good guy’")
—William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick’s The Ugly American and Glendon Swarthout’s Bless the Beasts and Children ("Although both were written decades ago, sadly, they are still quite relevant")
—James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games ("This book has guided me through many decisions since I first read it in college, including the one to join a non-profit organization to support institutions in which I strongly believe")
—Roald Dahl’s Matilda ("Showed me that adults aren’t always right and that respect should be earned, not expected") and Norman F. Cantor’s In the Wake of the Plague ("Everything as we know it was shaped by the black plague")
—Wayne Dyer’s Your Erroneous Zones ("Every teenager should read it!")
—Scott Simon’s Pretty Birds
—Antoine de Saint Exupery’s The Little Prince ("As my nephew would say, ‘It’s special specials’")
—Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer
—Joni Rodger’s Bald in the Land of Big Hair ("Where you are in your life determines whether the book you are reading will change it")

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