This week, The Guardian brought together authors and teenagers to share the books that saved their lives. Have you one such book? I can’t go so far as to say a book has ever saved my life–though one has influenced or change my life, now and again. I imagine the first to do so was a Value Tale. With each value I was introduced to a certain someone. In the Value of Helping, for instance, I met Harriet Tubman. They were people, like you or I, but they lived extraordinary lives. Thanks to them, I cannot be content to simply work for money or prestige–changing the world for the better needs to be thrown in there somewhere.
In other bookish news . . .
Here’s the top 10 books for reluctant and dyslexic readers (according to Tom Palmer, Guardian Books).
James Patterson will sell one self-destructing copy of his next book for $294,038. If you haven’t that kind of cash to spend on a book that explodes (plus a stay in a luxurious hotel and a 5-course meal), he’ll also release 1,000 free versions–they, too, will self-destruct in “spectacular fashion.”
A bookish sort of chat with Daniel Handler (The New York Times ‘By the Book”).
The Red Sari, a book about Sonia Gandhi, is released in India.
Bibliophile’s can be a bit persnickety. Alberto Manguel, for instance . . .