You've Got to Read This Book!

You've Got to Read This Book!

55 People Tell the Story of the Book That Changed Their Life

Book - 2006
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There's nothing better than a book you can't put down--or better yet, a book you'll never forget. This book puts the power of transformational reading into your hands. Jack Canfield, cocreator of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul ® series, and self-actualization pioneer Gay Hendricks have invited notable people to share personal stories of books that changed their lives. What book shaped their outlook and habits? Helped them navigate rough seas? Spurred them to satisfaction and success?

The contributors include Dave Barry, Stephen Covey, Malachy McCourt, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Mark Victor Hansen, John Gray, Christiane Northrup, Bernie Siegel, Craig Newmark, Michael E. Gerber, Lou Holtz, and Pat Williams, to name just a few. Their richly varied stories are poignant, energizing, and entertaining.Author and actor Malachy McCourt tells how a tattered biography of Gandhi, stumbled on in his youth, offered a shining example of true humility--and planted the seeds that would help support his sobriety decades later.

Bestselling author and physician Bernie Siegel, M.D., tells how William Saroyan's The Human Comedy helped him realize that, in order to successfully treat his patients with life-threatening illnesses, "I had to help them live--not just prevent them from dying."

Actress Catherine Oxenberg reveals how, at a life crossroads and struggling with bulimia, a book taught her the transforming difference one person could make in the life of another--and why that person for her was Richard Burton.

Rafe Esquith, the award-winning teacher whose inner-city students have performed Shakespeare all over the world, recounts his deep self-doubt in the midst of his success--and how reading To Kill a Mockingbird strengthened him to continue teaching.

Beloved librarian and bestselling author Nancy Pearl writes how, at age ten, Robert Heinlein's science fiction book Space Cadet impressed on her the meaning of personal integrity and gave her a vision of world peace she'd never imagined possible. Two years later, she marched in her first civil rights demonstration and learned that there's always a way to make "a small contribution to intergalactic harmony."

If you're looking for insight and illumination--or simply for that next great book to read--You've Got to Read This Book! has treasures in store for you.

Publisher: New York : Collins, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060891695
Branch Call Number: 028.8 YOU'VE
Characteristics: xviii, 286 p. ; 25 cm


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May 12, 2016

I don't know if reading this book would've changed my life because I didn't read it, but I did get a job while I had checked it out. I had to turn it in before I could read it as so many others were waiting to read it.

avisualfeel Feb 25, 2013

Obviously there is no one book that works for everyone, but it certainly seems to be working for me in this moment of my life!
It helped me to let go of things: material, as well as internal concepts.
Maybe it might work for you!
The cover certainly was a turn off, but people have been known to come up with some pretty truthful expressions like: "You can't always judge a book by it's cover!"

Jul 14, 2012

This book recommended more self-help type books than reading for enjoyment type books. I was expecting something more along the lines of Book Lust or something. It had some interesting recommendations, but it is really for someone looking for ways to motivate himself/herself or to self analyze and find one's true calling.

Mar 25, 2012

Excellent! Snapshots of the books that made a difference in peoples lives.

Just like reading book reviews from people who really recommend these books.

Entertaining yet lots for your intellect.

neko Aug 13, 2009

Can a book change your life? Can it inspire you to change the direction of your life, or, find your way? These fifty five stories share the books that changed and inspired each author’s life.

February 2009 Non-Fiction book club selection


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