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Good morning!  There's been a dearth of contributors so today we'll have an open forum. I do urge you to pick a slot for this month--so far we have 13 and 27 December available--so please step up to the plate and keep this forum alive!  Thank you.

Unfortunately, I’ve run right out of ideas so we'll turn to a topic offered by our good friend and regular, Brecht. And it is…

…Okay, which book did change your life?

I’ll lead off, as briefly as possible. Having lived nearly the proverbial three score and ten years, I’ve read an awful lot of books and some of them have definitely changed my life, as follows.

The Diary of Anne Frank led to a lifelong interest in Holocaust literature as well as a lifelong habit of keeping a journal of my own.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith, provided a model of attitudes that I have no desire to adopt, such as hating other women, accepting patriarchy simply because it has been imposed on us for the last 5,000 years, and showing favoritism to one child over another.

Europe on $5 A Day, by Arthur Frommer, changed my life by showing me how even insignificant young persons such as I could travel to Europe and enjoy themselves on a low budget.

Flotsam, by Erich Maria Remarque, made me appreciate the importance of the little things that add up to a pleasant life, and that in the midst of an awful situation some people are capable of offering great kindness.

The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need, by Andrew Tobias, made me change the way I ordered my finances.

Food, Your Miracle Medicine, by Jean Carper, changed my eating habits forever and for the better.

The Spiral Dance, by Starhawk, made me realize I’d been a Witch all my life but hadn’t known it, and subsequently led me to practice the Craft of the Wise.

Okay, readers and book lovers,  I've told you mine--now tell me yours!

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2:00 PM What's on Your E-Reader? Caedy
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Mon 11:00 PM My Favorite Books/Authors edrie, MichiganChet
TUES 5:00 PM Indigo Kalliope: Poems from the Left bigjacbigjacbigjac
alternate Tuesdays 8:00 AM LGBT Literature Texdude50, Dave in Northridge
alternate Tuesdays 8:00 AM All Things Bookstore Dave in Northridge
Tue 8:00 PM Contemporary Fiction Views bookgirl
WED 7:30 AM WAYR? plf515
Wed 2:00 PM e-books Susan from 29
Wed 8:00 PM Bookflurries Bookchat cfk
THU 8:00 PM Write On! SensibleShoes
Thu (first each month) 11:00 AM Monthly Bookpost AdmiralNaismith
alternate Thursdays 11:00 PM Audiobooks Club SoCaliana
FRI 8:00 AM Books That Changed My Life Diana in NoVa
Fri 8:00 PM Books Go Boom! Brecht
Fri 10:00 PM Slightly Foxed -- But Still Desirable shortfinals
SAT (fourth each month) 11:00 AM Windy City Bookworm Chitown Kev
Sat 12:00 PM You Can't Read That! Paul's Book Reviews pwoodford
Sat 9:00 PM Books So Bad They're Good Ellid

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