Thursday, August 31, 2006

Meme from Yael

OK, so Yael tagged me. But I've decided to restrict myself to non-fiction. If you've never heard of some of these books, please just Google them or read the Amazon reviews...I'm too lazy/melted by the relentless hot weather.

1. Name one book that changed your life
The Elements of Style by Strunk and White

2. One book you've read more than once
Change by Watzlawick, Weakland, and Fisch

3. One book you'd want on a desert island:
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

4. One book that made you laugh [smile actually, but a very deep and long-lasting smile]:
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

5. One book that made you cry:
The Grammar of Modern Hebrew by Lewis Glinert

6. One book you wish you'd written:
The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman

7. One book you wish had never been written:
Mein Kampf by A. Hitler

8. One book you're currently reading:
nonfiction: Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
fiction: Fatelessness by Imre Kertesz (thanks Noorster!)

9. One book you've been meaning to read:
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared M. Diamond

No tagging. Can't do it.


j-jen said...

Strunk and White? Oh my! My aged and yellowing copy made it through moving internationally 3 times. I still refer to it. :)


Udge said...

Interesting selections, there are some very good books in your list (S&W, Normal, Watzlawik, Diamond). I laughed out loud, but with a tear of recognition in my eye, at #5.

Tamar said...

Oh gee, I forgot "Change" when I wrote my list. Yes indeed - wonderful - changed my life and I read it many times over! I enjoyed borrowing this Meme from Nobody Asked (Winston) and enjoyed reading your choices.

Savtadotty said...

Jennifer - I must confess I don't even own a copy any more!

Udge - #5 is a masterpiece. It still makes me weep with admiration and despair whenever I look at it!

tamar - Years ago (in Israel) I learned that one of my clients had read it in Hebrew(!) and we had already become good friends.

gwendomama said...

I hope #5 was a joke, because I am laughing out loud.

(it is I who sat across from you at the pre-blogHer mexicali margarita-fest)

Savtadotty said...

Gwendomama - the mexicali margarita-fest! A magical memory! #5 is no joke...Glinert is a virtuoso grammarian showing off his skill with a language I struggle to learn.