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    Books to Change Your Life

    by Jasna - 1 Comment(s)

    Do you remember the book or books that opened your eyes to life as it would be in another time, in another place, or as another person? According to this study, reading fiction increases a person’s empathy towards others. Books, and not only those of the fiction variety, can change our lives, transform our thinking, and inspire us to do amazing things. What are some of the books that have changed your life?

    Although my list is too long to include in full, here are a few that have stuck with me:

    The Book Thief
    Marcus Zusak

    Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II,

    Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl

    whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain

    her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well

    as their neighbors.

    A Fine Balance

    Rohinton Mistry

    A portrait of India featuring four characters. Two are

    tailors who are forcibly sterilized, one is a student who

    emigrates, and the fourth is a widowed seamstress who

    decides to hang on. A tale of cruelty, political thuggery and

    despair by an Indian from Toronto, author of

    Such a Long Journey.

    Persepolis

    Marjane Satrapi

    The great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor and the

    daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran

    in a country plagued by political upheaval and vast

    contraditions between public and private life.

    For more suggestions and personal stories, check out some of the titles below:

    We would love to hear about the books that changed your life! Share your personal recommendations in the comments!

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    by EcoMiser
    Books that changed my life? There are so many! Here is one: A Wild Sheep Chase By Haruki Murakami. Before I went to university I read strictly for pleasure. The fiction of Heinlein, Asimov and Vonnegut made up the bulk of my reading. Then in University I was taught to appreciate "literature" and soon found myself not only reading but actually enjoying the works of Faulkner, Pynchon and Nabokov. Out of university my first job was working in a bookstore and here I read A Wild Sheep Chase - a book that perfectly mixed the pacing and plotting of my pre-university reading with the thematic concerns of all the heavy-weight novels I read in the ivory towers. Murakami open up whole new possibilities of what novel could be for me. It also made me want to turn on as many other people as I could to the fantastic Japanese writer, which in turn made me passionate about book selling. I remained a book seller for seventeen wonderful years thanks to books like this.

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