Saturday, September 16, 2006

Tag: I'm "It"

Okay, my friend and fellow writer Michelle O'Neill tagged me with this meme and I couldn't resist. Here goes:

A book that changed my life: “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith
I read this book a thousand times when I was growing up. The fact that this girl could flourish in such rough circumstances and keep her eye on her goals gave me the courage to do the same. I soo wanted to be Francie, and did my best to live by her principles and mine.

A book that made me laugh: Anything by David Sedaris
“The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood” by Vicki Iovine

A book that made me cry: “Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls
“Breaking Her Fall” by Stephen Goodwin
“My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult

A book that I wish had been written: One that appeals to pre-adolescent and adolescent children and helps them navigate the tricky waters of growing up in difficult situations. For every kid who lives in such conditions and doesn’t have a positive role model, a book should be available to encourage them to find their own way to heal and grow and flourish.

A book that I wish had never been written: I don’t really have an answer for this one. There are certainly ideas and beliefs that I don’t necessarily agree with, but I don’t have the right to censor them. I guess any book whose sole purpose is to cause pain or destruction has no authentic reason to be out there, in my opinion.

A book I’ve been meaning to read: “Dance of the Dissident Daughter” by Sue Monk Kidd. I’ve looked in every local bookstore and library and cannot locate a copy of this book. I think I’ll probably be forced to buy it on, but I hate doing that so I’m resisting.

I’m currently reading: “The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity” by Julia Cameron
"The Breath of a Wok : Unlocking the Spirit of Chinese Wok Cooking Through Recipes and Lore"
“Water Witches” by Chris Bohjalian


Miss Devylish said...

Well crap.. there goes me getting you The Artist's Way for your damn birthday. ;)

Michelle O'Neil said...

Yay! You did it!

I LOVE A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. LOVE IT!

You must find Dance of the Dissident Daughter. I just finished it recently (our library had it) and it is soooooo good.

I'll have to check out some of your other picks.

Hope you, the fam & Osama are having a good weekend.

ammogirl said...

Oooh I love it; now I have all sorts of books to put on my list of things I need to read!

Jenny Rough said...

Where the Red Fern Grows!! Oh, I remember how much I loved that book. If you e-mail me your address I'll mail you my copy of The Dance of the Dissident Daughter.

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