Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Top Ten Books That Make You Think

This week's Top Ten Tuesday over at the Broke and the Bookish.

An appropriate topic for the anniversary of September 11th. It was a Tuesday morning. I will never forget.

1. The Theory of Everything by Stephen Hawking

2. Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood by Barbara Demick

3. Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert

4. Night by Elie Wiesel

5. The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal

On his deathbed, a Nazi soldier asks a Jewish prisoner to forgive him. What would you have done?

6. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

7. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

8. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

9. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

10. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

After his father dies in the September 11 attacks, nine-year-old Oskar searches for a lost message that his father left him. But the true question of the story is, who are we and how do we define ourselves? "War," "Peace," "Father," "Son,"...


Christina said...

I haven't read most of your choices, but we share one: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. It's such a weird, beautiful, tragic book.

My Top Ten Tuesday

Anonymous said...

I read The Prince several years ago, and my primary reaction was surprise at how much people overemphasize how heartless Machiavelli is. I thought he was putting form some theoretical suggestions on how one could act and what the consequences might be--not that he was advocating said actions in all cases. Although I grant there is an argument that he shouldn't give people bad ideas if he doesn't want them enacted.

Space Station Mir said...

Part of the reason I think so much when I read Mahiavelli is because he was so grossly (I think) misinterpreted. I agree that he put forth theoretical actions and consequences. Although I think he did want them enacted-by the Prince on one level and the common people on another.