Book Worm

The world of literature exudes no frontrunner for best novel. All books, like earthquakes, move and shake you. Their levels of impact, however, vary immensely. You just don’t know it until you know it.”

Above all things, I am a reader. I need no other comfort than the pages of a book and the narrative of a true storyteller. Thus, this page is my own personal recollection of all the books that have moved and shaken my perspective and my reality throughout the times…

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2016

The Shipping News– E. Annie Proulx (1993-Fiction)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1994), National Book Award for Fiction (1993)

“Water may be older than light, diamonds crack in hot goat’s blood, mountaintops give off cold fire, forests appear in midocean, it may happen that a crab is caught with the shadow of a hand on its back, that the wind be imprisoned in a bit of knotted string. And it may be that love sometimes occurs without pain or misery.”

-E. Annie Proulx, The Shipping News

Moby-Dick– Herman Melville (1851-Fiction)

“Oh, grassy glades! oh, ever vernal endless landscapes in the soul; in ye,—though long parched by the dead drought of the earthy life,—in ye, men yet may roll, like young horses in the new morning clover; and for some few fleeting moments, feel the cool dew of the life immortal on them. Would to God these blessed calms would last. But the mingled, mingling threads of life are woven by warp and woof: calms crossed by storms, a storm for every calm. There is no steady unretracing progress in this life; we do not advance through fixed gradations, and at the last one pause:—though infancy’s unconscious spell, boyhood’s thoughtless faith, adolescence, doubt (the common doom), then skepticism, then disbelief, resting at last in manhood’s pondering repose of If. But once gone through, we trace the round again; and are infants, boys, and men, and Ifs eternally. Where lies the final harbor, whence we unmoor no more? In what rapt ether sails the world, of which the weariest will never weary? Where is the foundling’s father hidden? Our souls are like those orphans whose unwedded mothers die in bearing them; the secret of our paternity lies in their grave, and we must there to learn it.”

-Herman Melville,  Moby-Dick

When Breath Becomes Air– Paul Kalanithi (2016- Nonfiction)

“In the end, it cannot be doubted that each of us can see only a part of the picture. The doctor sees one, the patient another, the engineer a third, the economist a fourth, the pearl diver a fifth, the alcoholic a sixth, the cable guy a seventh, the sheep farmer an eighth, the Indian beggar a ninth, the pastor a tenth. Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete. And Truth comes somewhere above all of them…”

-Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

Revolutionary Road– Richard Yates (1961- Fiction)
National Book Award Finalist for Fiction (1961), TIME MAGAZINE’S 100 BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE NOVELS PUBLISHED SINCE 1923

“You want to play house, you got to have a job. You want to play very nice house, very sweet house, then you got to have a job you don’t like.”

-Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road

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2 thoughts on “Book Worm

  1. I am so happy Charlaine Harris made your list. I wonder who recommended her to you guys in the first place? Hmmm . . .

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