My close friend and former colleague, Kerry Walters, just posted a version of the 'five books' question on Facebook: 'Besides religious scripture, which five books would you choose as central to the well-lived life?' 

I chose, in no particular order:
1) Spinoza's Ethics
2) Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain
3) Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov
4) Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
5) Friedrich Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra

If I could be permitted a runner-up (or two), I'd also list Søren Kierkegaard's Works of Love, and Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's What is Philosophy?

What about you? 
 


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01/08/2018 10:15am

I only have one recommendation and that is “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom. It’s full of heartwarming messages about life. It teaches that reader how to spend your time wisely. We often forget about what truly matters to us. Family, friends, love, and passion are sometimes taken for granted. I learned how to live my life full of hope and ambition. I want to share this jewel to others that’s why I’m urging you to read this book. I hope you’ll also find something valuable from it.

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01/21/2018 11:53pm

For me, I chose the book entitled "The Story of My Life" by Helen Keller. She was not just an American author, a political activist nor a lecturer, she was a woman with courage as she achieved her dreams. She was the first deaf-blind individual who got a degree in Bachelor of Arts. Truly, her life is so very inspirational. Keller wanted us to understand that if we work hard, we could achieve all the goals that we have in life. She once said, " Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye."

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