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Five Books That Changed My Life

Five Books That Changed My Life
I was incredibly lucky that my Mom owned a beautiful second-hand book store throughout my adolescence, because I constantly got to reap the reward of having amazing literature at my finger tips. Whatever I wanted to read, I was lucky enough to get to read. And as a result of the store taking second-hand books, can you even grasp how many amazing books must I got to read, that I never would have known about otherwise? Every few days, I was switching out. I never kept a book, so she never lost a cent, but I was always reading, always taking in knowledge. Here are five wildly different books that genuinely affected my being. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran The Prophet is a book you do not keep. The book is too powerful to cherish it secretly. The leather-bound, hardcover edition is quite breathtaking in itself, even before you open it. I shalln’t tell you anything about this book, lest I ruin it. Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk When people ask me, this tends to be the book I most recommend most. Related:  pleasures

Is Gone Girl David Fincher's Creepiest Trailer? A Ranking By Alynda Wheat and Samantha Miller 04/15/2014 at 04:00 PM EDT The new Gone Girl trailer is blowing up, and with good reason. Author Gillian Flynn has said she wrote a whole new ending to her twist-filled thriller for director David Fincher's movie – and fans are scouring every frame of the trailer for clues. Missing wife Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) seems to be floating in a watery grave, while husband Nick (Ben Affleck) goes from preoccupied spouse to prime suspect. A look back at the suspense master's ultra-cool trailers, from creepiest to chillest: 1. Safe rooms can be the scariest of all.Cool music bonus: Just a lot of smashing. 2. Eerie choir + awkward geeks + how the Internet took over our lives = deeply creepy.Cool music bonus: A women's chorus covering Radiohead's aptly titled "Creep." 3. In which Rooney Mara looks far scarier than the killer.Cool music bonus: Karen O singing Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's remake of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song." 4. Ben Affleck is a nice man! 5. 6.

Victor LaValle On Mental Illness, Monsters, Survival In Victor LaValle's new novel, The Devil in Silver, a man is mistakenly committed to a mental hospital where a buffalo-headed monster stalks patients at night. The plausibility of a monster roaming the hospital's halls made sense, says LaValle, who has a personal connection to the mentally ill. "The times that I've been in those hospitals — even as someone who was not even institutionalized at the time — I felt so much like I was in a haunted house," LaValle tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "And if I had looked down that hallway, for a week, for a month, for a year, at some point, it would not have been that impossible to believe that I would see something rounding that corner, something strange, something impossible, because my mind could no longer register the reality I was living in. LaValle has a history of schizophrenia and bipolar disease across three generations on both sides of his family. E. Victor LaValle is also the author of Slapboxing with Jesus, The Ecstatic and Big Machine.

19 Quotations 20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes I’ve edited a monthly magazine for more than six years, and it’s a job that’s come with more frustration than reward. If there’s one thing I am grateful for — and it sure isn’t the pay — it’s that my work has allowed endless time to hone my craft to Louis Skolnick levels of grammar geekery. As someone who slings red ink for a living, let me tell you: grammar is an ultra-micro component in the larger picture; it lies somewhere in the final steps of the editing trail; and as such it’s an overrated quasi-irrelevancy in the creative process, perpetuated into importance primarily by bitter nerds who accumulate tweed jackets and crippling inferiority complexes. But experience has also taught me that readers, for better or worse, will approach your work with a jaundiced eye and an itch to judge. Who and Whom This one opens a big can of worms. Which and That This is one of the most common mistakes out there, and understandably so. Lay and Lie This is the crown jewel of all grammatical errors. Moot

The Half Price Blog - The Official Blog of Half Price Books - 100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels to Geek Out Over If your answer to every question is 42. If you can quote the three laws of Robotics. If you want to say “my precious” every time you see a gold band. Now, Dune has been on my reading list for a while, but I am definitely going to have to read Ender's Game. You can find these books and more at your local Half Price Books. -- Julie Mrs Doubtfire recut as a horror film An unemployed actor undergoes a drastic transformation in a twisted attempt to regain the trust of his estranged family by Peter Javipour 10 Essential Books for Book Nerds What makes a book nerd? Reading a lot of books — and liking to talk about said books — is a major requirement, of course, but there’s often something a little more nebulous involved: book nerds are the kinds of people who get a little thrill when walking into a bookstore, who press volumes into their friends’ hands with serious promises of life changing moments, who are fascinated by following the many tangled threads through authors and literature, happily wandering wherever they might lead. Robin Sloan’s recently published Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a book for such people — if you can’t already tell from the title. Mr. Man, is this book fun — especially for any book nerd who isn’t in denial about living in the modern age.

10 Books You ABSOLUTELY MUST READ If You Are Tired Of Being Broke (No Self-Help Rah-Rah Bullshit) 1. Buffettology: The Proven Techniques for Investing Successfully in Changing Markets That Have Made Warren Buffett the World's Most Famous Investor I NEVER buy books on stock market. And neither should you. 2. Words That Sell lists the words and phrases that stimulate sales, grouping them in a logical, easy-to-find manner. 3. Guy Kawasaki wrote the best book on startups. 4. This book is a fascinating journey into the meaning of truth, lies and BS. 5. The title might sound cheesy, but the book really does share insights on what affluent, and successful really mean. 6. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, for a multitude of reasons. 7. If you’ve been a regular fan like I have of frenetic sales guru Jeffrey Gitomer’s columns in the Business Journal, you’ll want to grab his infamous power book on selling, The Little Red Book of Selling. 8. I've read a lot of great books, but this one is the one is truly unique. 9. 10.

DarkCopy - Simple, full screen text editing Books of Adam For some reason, my readers weren't completely appalled with the Facebook drawings I did a while back. In fact, the requests came fast and hard (insert stupid sex joke here). Here's a selection of derpy drawings I did for your viewing pleasure. Pleasure for your eyeballs.

10 Captivating Documentaries About Silence, Solitude, And Strange People Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. ~ Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad I love to armchair travel. For those not entirely sure what this phrase means, it refers to the practice of sitting down, and letting your mind travel into wonderful and whimsical worlds of other people, lands and stories. There is so much to learn in the universe, and those with little time and non-existent travel funds will find that one of the best ways to open your eyes and broaden your mind is to turn on a quaint or exotic documentary, and relax. Therefore, this article will be dedicated to providing you with a unique list of documentaries for your armchair travelling disposal, on perhaps some of the most intriguing and mysterious topics known to man: silence, solitude and strange people. Silence (Ireland, 2012) Sound recordist Eoghan, receives a job offer to record solitary landscapes, free of sound, in Ireland. Emma Orbach (UK, 2012)

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3 Books Every Intermediate Guitarist Should Own | Deft Digits Guitar Lessons I love guitar books. I have about 50 of them lined up on in a bookcase in my teaching studio. I acquired them over the last 12 years, and I have twice that amount sitting in my Amazon wish list. I’ve only worked through roughly a third of the books I own, browsed and benefited from another third, and the rest remain in an ever-expanding queue awaiting my perusal. These days, I make occasional purchases not for myself but to improve my teaching abilities and recommendations to students. This inevitably gets new books in my hands that I wish to a deity that I could have seen when I was younger. These don’t need to be read in any specific order. 101 Guitar Tips: Stuff All the Pros Know and Use I actually bought this book in time to glean a wealth of advice from it. This is not a wildly popular book, but I think it’s the best one I ever bought. Guitar Fretboard Workbook This, on the other hand, is a wildly popular book.

30 Books I’m Glad I Read Before 30 In various ways, these 30 books convey some of the philosophy of how Angel and I live our lives. I honestly credit a fraction of who I am today to each title. Thus, they have indirectly influenced much of what I write about on this site. A medley of both fiction and nonfiction, these great reads challenged my internal status quo, opening my mind to new ideas and opportunities, and together they gave me a basic framework for living, loving, learning and working successfully. If you haven’t read these books yet, I highly recommend doing so. They will enrich your library and your life. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert – Gilbert, a Harvard professor of psychology has studied happiness for decades, and he shares scientific findings that just might change the way you look at the world. What are your favorite books? Photo by: Katie Harris

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