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All right ... desert island reads, people. Imagine that you're bound on an ocean liner destined to crash, and there's only enough room in your floating duffle bag to squeeze in five (and ONLY five) books that you can live out the remainder of your days stuck on a deserted island with. What're talking along?
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answered:    January 25, 2011
1. I'd throw in an early book from Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum numbered series because they are easy-breezy (aka put brain in park) reads and often hilarious. Something to lift you up when your last nerve is being worked by one of the other survivors. :)

2. I'd take along A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines, Jr. because, though I read it many years ago, it continues to stay with me as one of the most profoundly touching books I've read. It reminds me to treat everyone with dignity and not to judge a book (or a person) by its cover.

3. If I could have an endless power supply to run my CD player or iPod, I'd take the audiobook version of The Help because I thought it was the best audiobook I'd ever heard. If not, I'd take the paper version. Awesome story and wonderful characters...some laughs, some drama, some serious issues. It would remind me that there are people who have lived and triumphed through much worse adversity than being stranded on a desert island.

4. I'd like to take one of my two favorite books from 2010 but I'm having a hard time deciding. They are both downer stories--sad and tragic--but both wonderful. I guess because it gave me those most dramatic reaction and kept my attention SO rapt, I would chose The Things That Keep Us Here by Carla Buckley. When you're stranded on a desert island, sometimes you might just need to get lost in an intense story to take your mind of your own situation. :)

5. I'd want to take at least one nonfiction book...though I've not (yet) read any of Maya Angelou's books, I think I would want to take her autobiography (I think there is one?) because I think she is amazing. Saw her profiled on Oprah Presents Master Class last week and she was spec-tac-u-lar!
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February 01, 2011
Awesome, Sheri! :D
 
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answered:    December 30, 2010
Lord of the Flies LOL...no but, really:
  1. William Shakespeare's Complete Collection (which would probably sink me into the ocean but, be well worth it)
  2. 1984 by George Orwell (make me feel better for not being around technology)
  3. The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo
  4. Some sort of survival guide that includes a section on what and what not to eat as well as how to cook it....I'm gonna need it
  5. a book of brain teasers so I don't go mad with boredom
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answered:    December 29, 2010
1. Lord of the Rings 2. David Copperfield 3. The Feynman Lectures on Physics 4. The Complete Sherlock Holmes Short Stories 5. The Norton Anthology of English Literature It's going to be a helluva heavy duffle bag but I think that represents a great selection of reading material that can be looked at over and over and over again. Heck, I've already read LOTR no less than 7 times!!
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answered:    December 29, 2010
1. I Claudius 2. The Brother Karamozov 3. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 4. The Devil in the White City 5. East of Eden. I can read any of these over again.
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answered:    December 16, 2010
A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (and not just because that's what it will feel like when you're stuck on the island) THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE by Michel Faber ANNA KARENINA by Leo Tolstoy (always something new to find in it) an anthology of early American essays...the crazy Puritan sermons are always good for a laugh.
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answered:    January 26, 2011
1) Complete works of William Shakespeare. 2) A mathematical encyclopedia of facts and theorems. 3) A book of unsolved mathematical problems. 4) Another book of different unsolved mathematical problems 5) The thickest book of science fiction stories that I could find.
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