When I recently saw Bobbi Newman’s post  about the seven books that changed her worldview, I immediately wanted to make my own list.  So here is my contribution to the meme (such as it is) about seven books that changed my life.

  • Buffalo Gals and Other Animal Presences (Ursula K Le Guin): A book of short stories and poems, Le Guin’s work fundamentally changed how I think about animals and the environment.  The final story, ‘She Unnames Them,’ is positively chilling.
  • Notes on Love in a Tamil Family (Margaret Trawick): A poetic and moving discourse on family love as fundamental to the human condition.  I tend to view all of my close relationships through the filter of this book.
  • The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen): A deceptively simple fictional account of the state of the modern middle-class American family which provides great insights into growing old, sibling relations and making up life as you go along.
  • The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley): A feminist retelling of  the King Arthur tales.  This beautiful book, a great read in itself, opened my eyes to the power of hearing a story from all perspectives.
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A story (Richard Bach): I know, corny, but I read this when I was a teenager and it helped me realise that happiness is a choice — and that is a powerful message, indeed, for a moody teenager.
  • The Parable of the Sower (Octavia E. Butler): Anything by Octavia Butler will change your world, but I found this book — the tale of a young woman’s invention of a new religion in a war-ravished future —  particularly inspiring.
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