1. Seabiscuit - Laura Hillenbrand
    It's unlikely that I would've ever read this had a good friend & ex-eng teacher hadnt mailed it to me a couple years ago while she was out of state caring for her sick dad. She said the last weeks her father lived he read and re-read this book; I've been able to treasure the storytelling over and over too.
  2. The Catcher in the Rye -J.D. Salinger
    I guess kinda typical in a way but I don't think I'll ever out grow that mental model that makes me feel the need to check myself and my habits. Holden helps me do that by reflecting almost every bad quality I have and annoying the f outta me while I read. He's selfish and he reminds me I need to not be.
  3. The Columnist -Jeffrey Frank
    Basically a novel that also serves as a counter example for me, and what I don't want to become. It's hilarious and truthful without any space for mercy for jerks in media.
  4. Why We Broke Up -Daniel Handler
    Sounds terrible; it isn't. This story simply let's me feel brave about recognizing people enter & exit. Quirky and not shallow. Also excellent art throughout.