If you could walk around giving books to strangers, which book would it be? (and why)

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    Mar 10, 2011 12:55 AM GMT
    looking forward to your posts. ty in advance to any1 who responds.
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    Mar 10, 2011 2:33 AM GMT
    Flowers in the Attic

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    Mar 10, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidFlowers in the Attic

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    Mar 10, 2011 2:38 AM GMT
    Philosophical Investigations.
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    Mar 10, 2011 2:38 AM GMT
    I hope comic books and/or graphic novels count because that's what I would give. They inspired me to read and create and are something I'm passionate about. I'd give away something by Dan Clowes; Ghostworld or David Boring or Jimmy Corrigan The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware.

    If I had to choose a novel it would be the first Harry Potter because it's a great read and made me excited to read novels again.
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    Mar 10, 2011 2:39 AM GMT
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    Ariodante saidFlowers in the Attic

    ...what?




    It's hideously disgusting how you found a way to flawlessly merge my personality and cornerstone RJ phrase with my post.

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    Mar 10, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidIt's hideously disgusting how you found a way to flawlessly merge my personality and cornerstone RJ phrase with my post.

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  • alphatop

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    Mar 10, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    As a HUGE fun of sci fi and epic fantasy, I would most definitely recommend Philip K. Dick ( " Man in the high castle" for example ) and Ursula Le Quin ( " Left hand of darkness " ) and George R.R. Martin absolutely amazing epic fantasy named " Song of ice and fire"....Also, Anne Rice's "Vampire chronicles"

    As for classics, George Orwell "1984"
    Aldous Huxley "Brave new world"
    Orhan Pamuk "Istanbul" and "My name is red"
    Ivo Andric " Bridge over Drina"
    Albert Camus "Stranger"
    and I can type like this forever....icon_biggrin.gif


  • sinxcosx13

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    Mar 10, 2011 2:45 AM GMT
    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
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    Mar 10, 2011 2:49 AM GMT
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    Mar 10, 2011 2:50 AM GMT
    did u read the Fountainhead sin?
  • creature

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    Mar 10, 2011 2:51 AM GMT
    I would hand out copies of John Stuart Mills's essay "On Liberty" to highlight to people what freedom really means.
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    Mar 10, 2011 2:57 AM GMT
    I would give them this wonderful book named "Musings of a Dysfunctional Life," so they could laugh at both the good and bad in their own lives.

    http://victorrook.com/musings

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    Mar 10, 2011 3:02 AM GMT
    The Four Agreements
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    Mar 10, 2011 3:25 AM GMT
    They are variations on the same theme: friendship across perceived borders.

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    Mar 10, 2011 3:29 AM GMT
    For sheer entertainment value, I'd give someone the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Everyone who I've let borrow this book loves it and comes back craving more in a few days. Such a great story, with political intrigue, sub-plots written deftly between the main plot, "vibrantly grey" characters, and oh-so-witty. It is considered a fantasy novel but has little fantastic elements until later in the series.

    (Well, everyone except one douchebag loved it; however, he doesn't count, as he claims The Abolition of Man is the greatest book ever written.icon_rolleyes.gif )

    In terms of life-changing/thought provoking novels, I'd proudly hand out copies of Native Son by Richard Wright.
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    Mar 10, 2011 3:42 AM GMT
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    I would hand out this book because it will make you think about attraction, desire, and love in new ways that challenge all the thinking you've had before, unless you're extremely erudite or exposed to the outermost fringes of typical society. It helps you to conceptualize that the context of attraction is important to understand if you want to experience love/desire to the fullest.
  • TR_Latitude10

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    Mar 10, 2011 6:18 AM GMT
    Since the book is being gifted to a stranger, I wouldn't know anything about this person. So I'd give them a book that is an entertaining and memorable read.

    I would give "Best American Short Stories 1990". From this one book, I discovered three of my favorite short stories:

    Eisenheim the Illusionist (made into a movie in 2006 with Ed Norton)

    Typicial - Padgett Powell
    Hilarious "southern gothic" which "name-checks Candace Bergen, Mickey Gilley and Earl Campbell."

    How to Talk to a Hunter - Pam Houston
    Here's an excerpt
    And then you'll bring up the word "monogamy". He will tell you how badly he was hurt by your predecessor. He'll tell you he coudn't be happier spending every night with you. He'll say there's just a few questions he doesn't have the answers for. He'll say he's just scared and confused. Of course, this isn't exactly what he means. Tell him you understand. Tell him you're scared too. Tell him to take all the time he needs...

    You're best female friend will say, "You didn't tell him you loved him did you?" Don't EVEN tell her the truth. If you do, you will have to tell her that he said this : "I feel exactly the same way."

    Your best male friend will say, "Didn't you know that is what would happen as soon as you said the word 'commitment' ?"
    But that isn't the word that you said.
    He'll say, "Commitment, monogamy, it all means just one thing."

    The hunter will call you one day and say that he has a friend coming in town and can't see you. The man who has said he is not so good with words will manage to say eight things about his friend without using a gender-determining pronoun. Get out of the house quickly. Call the most understanding person you know who will let you sleep in his bed...
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    Mar 10, 2011 6:28 AM GMT
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    It's a cute book but it deals with depression and I relate to the main character a bit more than I would like.
    I just hate how many people are so fucking clueless as to what depression is actually like, I'd like for more people to even slightly understand it.
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    Mar 10, 2011 6:50 AM GMT
    I have a few!

    The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain - philosophical/satirical look at the value of life... makes a person think (my favorite novella ever!)

    The Magus by John Fowles - epic and fantastically written

    Out of the Silent Planet from Space Trilogy by CS Lewis - philosophical look at mankind with religious overtones (not "preachy" though)

    The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley - beautiful imagery, set to the Arthurian legends

    Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison - a collection of short stories dealing with Gods, giving new perspective to peoples' beliefs and religion in general (kinda out there... but great fantasy)

    The Return of the King from LOTR by JRR Tolkien - the last three chapters of this book are a literary orgasm
    ............
    I can't decide just one I would give to people... I get carried away, and there is so much great literature! These are some of my favorites though. The ones that have dramatically influenced my thinking and views.
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    Mar 10, 2011 6:58 AM GMT
    I generally chase those people off my property.
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    Mar 10, 2011 7:08 AM GMT
    Gay Life for Dummies
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    Mar 10, 2011 8:16 AM GMT
    The Gift by Mauss
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    Mar 10, 2011 8:22 AM GMT
    One I just finished reading that was amazing and had aspects of the LGBT community in it was called "Eon, Dragon Eye Reborn" by Allison Goodman. It really was such a nice read! It has a sequel coming out soon called "Eona, The Last Dragon Eye."

    Enjoy!
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    Mar 10, 2011 9:57 AM GMT
    If I was giving away books in America... an atlas. :I