Books That Shaped Me

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  1. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
    My 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.
  2. 1984 by George Orwell
    My 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.
  3. Friday Night Lights by HG Bissinger
    I 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.
  4. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice
    I 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.
  5. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    It was assigned reading Senior year of high school and I absolutely fell in love with the story and characters and the epic scope.
  6. The Color of Water by James McBride
    The author recounts his unique childhood while also telling the story of his mother's equally unique and hard life. A beautiful, honest book.
  7. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
    I 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.
  8. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
    My 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.
  9. the perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
    Read 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.