1. One book that changed your life?
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss. One spring day circa 1976 (when I was five), I was struggling mightily to sound out the words when all of a sudden something clicked and I became a fluent reader. In that moment, my life drastically and permanently improved.
2. One book you have read more than once?
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I must have read this a gazillion times during my tween and early teen years and beyond. I identified very strongly with Anne, as I am sure have millions of other girls and women.
3. One book you would want on a desert island?
The Source by James Michener. This is great escapist literature and I imagine a person stuck on a desert island would want some escapism. Plus it's long, and I love the idea of watching family lines and a culture evolve over millenia -- and the fact that despite all the passions we experience over the course of our lives, all we really leave behind in the long run are a few tantalizing hints for the archeologists.
4. One book that made you laugh?
The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell. I got dumped on majorly in a college seminar for saying that I thought this was a funny book. A woman in my class accused me of being insensitive to the plight of 1930s British miners. But a book can make you laugh even when it addresses a serious topic -- and I believe that is exactly what Orwell intended.
5. One book that made you cry?
Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain. This brings home how World War I wreaked havoc on the lives of a generation of young people. Multitudes of young men killed and maimed and young women left to mourn them and to mourn the loss of their happy and optimistic younger years, as well as seeing their own lives and ambitions turned upside down.
6. One book you wish had been written?
The Biography of the Happy Feminist: The Story of a Brilliant, Wise, Kind . . .
Wait, I am getting carried away here. The truth is I am kind of stumped on this one. Suggestions most welcome in the comments thread.
7. One book you wish had never been written?
The Malleus Maleficarum by Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger. While it's generally not my style to wish books out of existence, this one was directly responsible for the torture and murder of countless women in the European witch hunts of the 15th and 16th centuries (including one of my German ancestors, who was burned at the stake when she was an elderly lady). According to the notes at Amazon, "After the witch trials swept through Europe, some villages were left with as few as two women." (After typing this, I found that Resisterance had the same answer.)
8. One book you are currently reading?
Paradigm Found: Leading and Managing For Positive Change by Anne Firth Murray. This is the story of the founding and growth of The Global Fund for Women, which seems to be a truly extraordinary organization. You'll be hearing more about this book when I write post about it soon.
(I am also not done reading The Bible yet. I seem to have gotten bogged down after Isaiah. I intend to resume shortly, however.)
9. One Book you have been meaning to read?
A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell. Skimming some chapters in this book got me through a couple of philosophy courses in college. But I will never feel as though I am really an educated person until I have gone systematically through the whole thing. Remind me to post sometime about why I wish I had majored in philosophy, and why I think studying philosophy is more important now than ever.
And now -- whom to tag, whom to tag, whom to tag . . .
6. Everyone else!
(Note: If you're not into being tagged, that's cool. No obligation.)