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Gianna Virginia

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Name one book that had a transformative effect on your life.

The book that effected me the most so far in my life was a book called "Mans search for meaning" by Viktor Frankl.

This book made me realize the amazing power of the human spirit. The powerful resources we all have within to stand up against any challange. It renewed my faith in myself and in others. And it made me realize that there are people in this world who have suffered unmerciful and still found the strength to carry on.... no matter what their circumstance. It gave me the courage to face something that I needed to deal with.

What's your special book?

Jan 02 13 05:43 pm Link


Gurmej Badesha

Posts: 1392

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

This book has helped me immensly.

Jan 02 13 05:53 pm Link


Cosplay Creatives

Posts: 10714

Syowa - permanent station of Japan, Sector claimed by Norway, Antarctica

My special book is called "Model Mayhem".  What makes it so special is that it's a living book; the chapters and pages are constantly being written and updated daily.  The character in are weird, funny, perverse, angry, and more.  The stories that appear in the various chapters are entertaining.  And some these characters are so bad they get to take a time out from time to time.  Best of all, it comes with pretty pictures.

And best of all, you can interact with these so called characters. big_smile  Boy is it ever so life changing.
It's like the story that never ends because there are all sort of different genre's and things to keep your mind wanting more.

Problem is sometimes, the book stops opening and the pages get really sticky and have a hard time flipping pages.

Jan 02 13 05:54 pm Link



Posts: 2935

Socorro, New Mexico, US

I'd have to say the Encyclopedia.  As a child I slowly read through it.

Jan 02 13 05:56 pm Link



Posts: 14859

Fayetteville, Arkansas, US

The Prophet ~ Kahlil Gibran

And it's my prized possession.

Jan 02 13 06:04 pm Link


Stephen Dawson

Posts: 29259

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Cosmos - Carl Sagan

Jan 02 13 06:05 pm Link


Farenell Photography

Posts: 18832

Albany, New York, US

The Guns of August I first read over 15 years ago, & the Iliad, something I first read over 20 years ago, & continue to reread both at least once a year.

Jan 02 13 06:42 pm Link



Posts: 48

Abbeville, Alabama, US

The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God- Etgar Keret.

I met him a few weeks ago and I teared up. He didn't know how to write in english so he drew me a spaceship in the book I bought from him.

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Posts: 710

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

I honestly can't say just one:

On the Road - Jack Kerouac
Feeling Good - David Burns
The Road Less Traveled - Scott Peck
What Your Mother Couldn't Tell You & Your Father Didn't Know - John Gray

Jan 02 13 07:48 pm Link



Posts: 807

Buffalo, New York, US

Tropic of Cancer
The Catcher in the Rye
The Bible- it has confirmed my atheism beyond a doubt.

Jan 02 13 07:51 pm Link



Posts: 11804

Sun City, California, US

"On Intelligence" How a New Understanding of the Brain will Lead to the Creation of Truly Intelligent Machines - Jeff Hawkins

THIS made sense - neuroscience is and brain function is one of the great living mysteries - This might be a first step in understanding the edges of it.

Jan 02 13 09:48 pm Link



Posts: 33195

Portland, Oregon, US

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Alexandra - C

Posts: 281

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


The Intent to Live by Larry Moss

Jan 02 13 10:09 pm Link


Jim Shibley

Posts: 3260

Phoenix, Arizona, US

Catch-22 in English & German

Jan 02 13 10:09 pm Link



Posts: 2779

Kirkland, Washington, US

The Green Ripper - John D. MacDonald

Jan 02 13 10:43 pm Link


Erin Watson Photography

Posts: 8

Michigan City, Indiana, US

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

Jan 03 13 05:37 am Link


Sam Comer Photography

Posts: 2592

Knoxville, Tennessee, US

"The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark"

by Carl Sagan

Jan 03 13 05:44 am Link



Posts: 9334

San Diego, California, US

the alchemist

Jan 03 13 06:18 am Link



Posts: 1397

Topeka, Kansas, US

For me, it wasn't even a book.  It was a magazine article.  It was about that spy plane drama we had with China back in the early 2000's, right after I'd joined the miliatary.

Jan 03 13 07:45 am Link



Posts: 21320

Seattle, Washington, US

"The Truth Machine" (Halperin)

Ps: you were affected, not effected. wink

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Posts: 2513

Newton, North Carolina, US

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Posts: 22364

Fort Collins, Colorado, US

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance had an effect on my attitude about approaches to life and work.

[edited out]Sorry, I just saw that the parameter was "one book."

Jan 03 13 08:12 am Link


Carl Roberts

Posts: 33090

Saint Petersburg, Florida, US

jerantino wrote:
The Green Ripper - John D. MacDonald

Loved John
Travis McGee and the Busted Flush...
I felt like I knew him

But John D came after the transformative book for me

I the Jury - Mickey Spillane

I was 13 when I read this book
Prior to this, I never even conceived of violence in these terms
Never even conceived of how hard the world could be or how tough a man could be

There is a passage where Mickey Spillane is in a fight with a guy in a bathroom and ends up stabbing him in the balls with an ice pick

That passage was transformative in that it conceptually opened up the possibility of life in such different terms from anything I had ever known or even imagined

The Mickey Spillane in the books is a true bad ass
No movie has ever done him justice

Jan 03 13 08:17 am Link


DanaBarrett Photography

Posts: 1031

Franklin, Tennessee, US

"Ordinary Men"  Christopher R. Browning.
About how regular German's became killing machines during WWII.

I finally got it.  People make mistakes, but their mistakes do not define who they are.  Everyone has the capacity to commit an evil act as well as a good one.

Jan 03 13 08:20 am Link



Posts: 25784

Newark, California, US

The Morning of the Magicians by Louis Pauwels

Jan 03 13 08:21 am Link



Posts: 4288

Amundsen-Scott - permanent station of the US, Unclaimed Sector, Antarctica

The novel I'm writing.

(I'm completely serious).


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Posts: 7693

Torrance, California, US

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

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Los Angeles, California, US

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Robb Mann

Posts: 12142

Baltimore, Maryland, US

Gravity's Rainbow. Or at least I assume it will once I finish reading it.

Jan 04 13 05:08 pm Link


K Allende

Posts: 14172

Columbus, Ohio, US

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

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Bek Ruszin

Posts: 6028

Buffalo, New York, US

One of several:

The Little Prince

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Detroit, Michigan, US

The books that made me who I am

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Posts: 37171

Columbus, Ohio, US

DivaEroticus wrote:
The Prophet ~ Kahlil Gibran

This plus,

The Tibetan Book of Living & Dying-Sogyal Rinpoche
The Gnostic Gospels-Elaine Pagels

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California Girls Skate

Posts: 365

Los Angeles, California, US

Gianna Virginia wrote:
Name one book that had a transformative effect on your life.

All 5 that I've written. wink

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