Books That Changed Me In Big Or Small Ways

Here’s the code:

SF = science fiction
W = wisdom
P = politicizing personal story/narrative

Here’s my list, which will grow, coded:

The Art of War, Sun Tzu (Denma Translation)

The Autobiography of Malcolm X, with help from Alex Haley (i haven’t read Manning Marable’s biography yet) (P)

The Dispossessed and the Earthsea Series and the Left Hand of Darkness (and I expect anything else I ever read) by Ursula K Leguin (SF, P)

Downtown, Anne Rivers Siddon (P)

The Four Agreements and The Mastery of Love, both by Don Miguel Ruiz (W)

Gloria Anzaldua Reader (P, W)

The Middle Passage, Charles Johnson (SF)

Neuromancer, William Gibson (SF)

Every single thing Octavia Butler ever wrote! (SF)

The Prophet, by Khalil Gibran (W)

Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu [translation by Stephen Mitchell] (W)

One thought on “Books That Changed Me In Big Or Small Ways”

  1. I haven’t read Stephen Mitchell’s translation, but did you know there is a translation of the Tao Te Ching by Ursula LeGuin? I think it’s every bit as perfect and wonderful as you would expect it to be.

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