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Books That Changed My Life

“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” ~

Paulo Coelho from The Alchemist


It’s graduation time, a time of accomplishment and life changes, and also a time that calls out for finding a good read. Thinking about times where life takes a big leap forward had Andrea thinking about books that changed her life. Here is a list of books that mean the world to her.

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing


I read The Golden Notebook in college and felt like Lessing was speaking directly to me. When I was 18 the idea of “Free Women” made me feel radical and mature.





One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez


Reading this book made me realize that those who have died never really leave us. Their spirits remain. It was an eye opening message, and one that means even more to me as I have gotten older.





Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami


A magical read. Murakami mixes cats, libraries, past and future lives, time travel, war and peace. One of my all-time favorites.







Go, Went Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck


An amazing examination of the plight of a group of African refugees and the quest for meaning in the life of a retired college professor. It is a moving and enlightening story of the difficulties we face and our commonalities.





Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail

by Cheryl Strayed


Cheryl Strayed learned so much on this long, long hike. Awakening, understanding and acceptance are the themes, and Cheryl Strayed does all of these.







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