As promised, here is my inspirational book list for 2009 (with more than a little help from my friends). First I must thank the Beatles for helping me to build the title for this article. I have compiled this list as a follow-up to my Associated Content article on December 9, 2008. Here’s the URL for it: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1317904/my_biggest_new_years_resolution_for.html?cat=9. In that article, I expressed my intent to pester my friends, family and other assorted wise people for books they found to be particularly inspirational. I am going to have to supplement this list later on, as I have not yet heard back from some of my queries. But I am really looking forward to issuing ongoing updates (although I’m hoping they don’t extend past the end of February of this year). This is a topic of which I am particularly fond, and I’m always looking for uplifting stuff to read.
Thank you for reading this article, and I hope you find something in this list that helps you to complete the masterpiece that is your life. I am not being sarcastic at all here, and am instead extending to you a big cyber-hug and a friendly punch in the arm. Here’s what I have so far, to start you off in 2009 with a bang:
From my dear friend Larry:
The Kama Sutra
The Joy of Sex (by Dr. Alex Comfort)
Ulysses (by James Joyce)
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (by Doris Kearns Goodwin)
John Adams (by David McCullough)
The Art of French Cooking (by Julia Child)
Are You Being Seduced Into Debt? (by John Cummuta)
Awakening the Giant Within (by Tony Robbins)
Walden (by Henry David Thoreau)
The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living (by the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler)
Essential Rumi (by Jalal al-Din Rumi and Et Al Coleman Barks)
From my husband:
Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, Ten Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone (by Beth Lisick)
My friend Larry is a prodigious reader and always finds fascinating stuff to read, so maybe you should start with his stuff first. I am feeling a little bummed that Larry’s list is longer than mine, but I have a competitive streak that comes out at the weirdest times.
At any rate, here’s wishing you a happy and productive 2009, with lots of supportive friends and great parties and laughing kids all around you. I also hope you find lots of sources of inspiration that point you in the right direction. Thanks again for reading my inspirational book list for 2009 (with more than a little help from my friends).