15 Books That Influenced Me

Far From the Tree  (2012) Andrew Solomon

How do “normal” parents accommodate children with mental, physical, or social differences?

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1990) Mihaly Csikszentmihayli

Csikzentmihayli describes the state of flow; the periods of time when we are engaged, learning, and happy.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943) Betty Smith

The fictional story of Francie Nolan growing up in Brooklyn in the early 1900s.

Technopoly (1992) Neil Postman

Technopoly discusses the rise of technology and how is has overtaken our lives.

All Quiet on the Western Front (1929) Erich Maria Remarque

The story of a fictional German soldier positioned at the Western Front in World War One.

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life On Earth (2013) Chris Hadfield

The journey of astronaut Chris Hadfield’s life and career.

Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television (1978) Jerry Mander

Mander explains the pitfalls and problems of television as a medium.

House in the Sky (2013) Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

Lindhout’s account of her kidnapping in Somalia in 2008.

Walden (1854)  Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau’s journalistic writings while living in a cabin for two years near Walden Pond.

The Absorbent Mind (1949) Maria Montessori

Dr. Montessori’s analysis of her discoveries regarding child psychology and development from birth to age six.

The Glass Castle (2005) Jeanette Walls

Walls’ memoir describing her childhood and dysfunctional parents.

The Singing Wilderness (1956) Sigurd Olson

Olson discusses the importance of nature in our lives through first hand experiences.

Angela’s Ashes (1996) Frank McCourt

McCourt’s memoir of growing up in Ireland in the 1930s and 1940s.

The Little Prince (1943) Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The story of a boy who travels the universe meeting several characters. The tale is autobiographical and allegorical.

Voluntary Simplicity (1981/1993) Duane Elgin

Elgin describes how to live a simple, sustainable life which is inwardly rewarding.

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