It is our stories that will recreate us, when we are torn, hurt, even destroyed. It is the storyteller, the dream-maker, the myth-maker, that is our phoenix, that represents us at our best, and at our most creative.  ~Doris Lessing

Yesterday I read Doris Lessing’s acceptance speech for her Nobel Prize for Literature, from which this quote is excerpted. Children in Zimbabwe crave books and stories, while we take them for granted at best, and pass them over for the more immediately-stimulating, instantly-gratifying Internet. Lessing tells such a compelling story. You can read it here:,,331488257-110738,00.html.

Books are companions to the lonely, nourishment for the mind, engaging and satisfying, recreational and life-changing. Charles W. Eliot said, ” Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

What are the books that have been transformative in your life?


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