Picking just 1 actually was painful - LCM
I am participating in a workshop next week that is part of an ongoing series at our library on undergraduate research. I won't bore you with the details (not that it's the least bit boring...actually it's kind of fascinating) but I did want to let you in on one of the assignments we had to do pre-workshop. We were each asked to pick a book (and take a pic :) that is 'meaningful' to us. When I first read this assignment, my mind immediately jumped to The Portrait of a Lady...for obvious reasons. It actually did change the course of my life (I was contemplating getting an MA in English...after reading this book, I knew I had to study lit., which led me to Rochester, which is where I met KJ and Chris, my 2 very best friends, which is where I live and have my life and job and home now). The book above is the exact one I read...edited by the leading authority on James, Leon Edel...tattered, beat up, highlighted and underlined to death...read 3 times. Again, an obvious choice.
But then...as I stared down the line at my other books, I realized picking one was just ...stupid. How could I ignore Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, possibly the single greatest piece of non-fiction, I've ever read. Or Charles Dickens Bleak House...probably my single greatest reading feat (2 days, 12 hours/day, non-stop reading, 800+ pages). Then there is my volume of Allen Ginsburg journals, purchased for me, by KJ. One of my treasures, not only because Ginsburg is a poetic hero of mine, not just because it was a gift from KJ but because she had it signed by the man himself (he passed away shortly after). And of course there is the newest edition to my group. The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman. Totally inspirational in ways I never imagined.
So I feel better now that I've narrowed it to 5. I throw the challenge out to you...I'd love to know those books that mean the most to you ... and why.
Posted by Katiep at Thursday, August 12, 2010