A Little Help from My Friends

Here are a few “One Book” picks from some of my friends, and some of my friends’ friends. What are yours?

Zvaigznite’s books (artist)

1. One book that changed your life: Rachel and her Children by Jonathan Kozol
2. One book that you’ve read more than once: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
3. One book you’d want on a desert island: Complete works of Anthony Trollop

4. One book that made you laugh: Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa
5. One book that made you cry:
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

6. One book that you wish had been written: The Autobiography of Andre Sedriks
7. One book that you wish had never been written: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
8. One book you’re currently reading: Sweet Revenge by Diane Mott Davidson
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: War and Peace by Tolstoy

Bill’s Books (former chess champion, cure for cancer researcher)

1. One book that changed your life: 1, 2. 3, Infinity by George Gamow
2. One book that you’ve read more than once: Nature of the Chemical Bond by Linus Pauling
3. One book you’d want on a desert island: A water resource management book
4. One book that made you laugh: Anything by Mark Twain

5. One book that made you cry: The last Harry Potter
6. One book that you wish had been written A book in the manner of Faraday that teaches modern science to kids.
7. One book that you wish had never been written: The Old Testament
8. One book you’re currently reading:
Proust was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
Huck Finn by Mark Twain — I’ like to read this again

Carlos’s books (clinical psychologist)

1. One book that changed your life: Clinical Series on Self Psychology by Heinz Kohut
2. One book that you’ve read more than once: The Intersubjective Perspective by Robert Stolorow
3. One book you’d want on a desert island: The Complete Works of Western and Eastern Religions and Spirituality
4. One book that made you laugh: The last Harry Potter
5. One book that made you cry: A Prayer for Own Meany by John Irving
6. One book that you wish had been written: A seminal book on addressing the integration of neurobiology and psycho-analytic theory

7. One book that you wish had never been written: All Nazi Propaganda books and communist propaganda books
8. One book you’re currently reading: Retire on Less than You Think by Fred Brock
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Joanne’s books (grandmother)

1. One book that changed your life: The Enneagrams
2. One book that you’ve read more than once: The Blind Heart by Storm Jameson
3. One book you’d want on a desert island: The plays of Eugene O’Neil
4. One book that made you laugh: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
5. One book that made you cry: Can’t recall
6. One book that you wish had been written: The Walter Family Genealogy
7. One book that you wish had never been written: Charles Manson: Music, Mayhem, Murder
8. One book you’re currently reading: Dangerous Admissions by Jane O’Connor
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

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2 Responses

  1. I misspelled Anthony Trollope’s name in the last draft, I guess. Sorry. Do read him! The Eustace Diamonds is my favourite. I look forward to more posts. It is a great way to get to know your friends, family, and colleagues. It is also a great way to compile a “must read” list.

  2. Thanks for contributing!

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