Books That Shaped Me
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- •The Hobbit by JRR TolkienMy mom used to read it to my brother & me. By 3rd grade I had read it on my own. As influential for a love of adventure and fantasy to me as comic books were.
- •1984 by George OrwellMy dad passed along this book to me and I connected with it. I stage managed a very successful play version of the novel in high school, and years later wrote & directed by own stage adaptation.
- •Friday Night Lights by HG BissingerI grew up in a small Texas town obsessed with high school football. I was in elementary school when this book came out, and was probably too young to read it. I loved it and it made me both solidify my love of football as well as question the level of devotion I gave it.
- •Interview with a Vampire by Anne RiceI was most fascinated by Vampires of all monsters & things horror as a kid. Reading this book and then subsequently seeing the movie as it premiered shortly after, was very impactful. The internal struggle between good & evil. The romance of the darkness.
- •A Tale of Two Cities by Charles DickensIt was assigned reading Senior year of high school and I absolutely fell in love with the story and characters and the epic scope.
- •The Color of Water by James McBrideThe author recounts his unique childhood while also telling the story of his mother's equally unique and hard life. A beautiful, honest book.
- •The Moviegoer by Walker PercyI was amazed that I did not get recommended this book until my early 20s, but it struck such a chord with me. The themes of isolation and redemption echo throughout most of my favorite works of art.
- •Me Talk Pretty One Day by David SedarisMy introduction to Sedaris. I re-read this book almost once a year. I am also now a voracious reader of essays and short form non-fiction.
- •the perks of being a wallflower by Stephen ChboskyRead it at age 19 and immediately wished it had been released 5 years earlier as it was a touching and inspiring book that captures the feeling of "coming of age" I experienced myself more than anything else I have ever read.