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life altering books

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what 'life altering' books have you read? 

for me, in brief:
Ishmael, The Story of B, by daniel quinn

Illusions by Richard Bach

The Book by Alan watts
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July 13th, 2007 8:43am
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Just think -- it's an allegory for today's society.

Hermione -- brilliant!
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July 13th, 2007 8:46am
It's been deleted.  Was that the "Atlas Shrugged" thread?
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July 13th, 2007 9:05am
The Silence of the Lambs
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July 13th, 2007 9:10am
120 Days of Sodom
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July 13th, 2007 9:22am
yes, it was the 'atlas shrugged' thread.
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July 13th, 2007 9:48am
During an 8 month span of unemployment starting in late 2001, I read every book by Hemmingway and Kerouac that Reston Regional Library had to offer. They probably would not have made such an impact if I was distracted by a full time job:

"For Whom the Bell Tolls" had some pretty interesting life/death issues for me... would 40 years of living an amazing international adventure with a purpose be better than 80 years divided between an aimless cubacle job, loving family and a retirement home?

"The Old Man and the Sea"

"On The Road"
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July 13th, 2007 11:43am
"The Hobbit".  I realised that reading books was a form of entertainment.

A bunch of stuff by Aristotle.  Realised "Whoa, this wheel was invented a lot longer ago than I thought!".
Permalink Kenny 
July 13th, 2007 12:35pm
Any Dr. Seuss.
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July 13th, 2007 12:36pm
Transaction Processing Concepts and Techniques by Gray & Reuter.

I wish I was kidding but I'm not.  That was the book that after 2 years in my first job thinking "this can't be right" confirmed for me that I was working with idiots and needed to get out of there.
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July 13th, 2007 1:08pm
Somehow I read the title as "life littering books"
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July 13th, 2007 1:18pm
professionally, about 2 years in I finally read "Mythical Man Month" and others in that genre and I am certainly glad I found it sooner than later
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July 13th, 2007 1:19pm
I liked the Story of "O"
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July 13th, 2007 2:31pm
Haha -- The Story of O -- is that you, sharky, or is there a weid correlation between this place and kink?

I've read a lot, but only one book actually changed the course of my life, and it's a pretty mundane book at that-- "Maiden Voyage" inspired me to take off on a long adventure.
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July 13th, 2007 4:52pm
whichever book is right next to the john.

a good shit always alters my mind.
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July 13th, 2007 5:56pm
Al Quran
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July 14th, 2007 4:28am

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