"The Seven Pillars of Wisdom made a big impression on me. T.E. Lawrence -- Lawrence of Arabia -- was a misfit in English society, absolutely bonkers in all directions. But his book made me realize that the normal, traditional path isn't always the best for all situations and circumstances, and therefore there was hope that I would fit in as a 14-year-old looking for life's meanings."
Mortgage Broker, First Equity Funding
"Out of all the books I've ever read, The Catcher in the Rye stands out. I was the last in an Irish-Catholic family without any priests, and my mother had put me in the seminary, although I didn't want to be there. Reading Catcher, in 1961, was a soul-searching comparison between myself and Mr. Caulfield. Two months later, I left the seminary, essentially cheating my destiny of being a Maryknoll missionary in Angola."
Clerk, Left Bank Books
"Hunger by Knut Hamsun. The nameless narrator tries to make ends meet, but he can never get work, so he wanders the streets, asking people ridiculous questions. His starvation takes a toll on his mind and body, and sometimes he's arrogant and cocky, but he's really a good man. It's very touching, and it made me feel like I'm not the only one who had to eat mustard and crackers for dinner when I was a student."
The Last Sensitive Man
"The book would be Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. It helps both parties in a relationship understand one another's unique and seemingly alien perspective. But it does more harm than good when only one of us reads it!"
"It's a short one by Dr. Seuss called The Sneetches. It's a brilliant story I read when I was a kid, and at the time I thought, 'That's so true! Everyone wants to think they're special, but, really, everyone is collectively special.' That story will prepare a child for the onslaught of American pop culture."
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