The 7 Books That Helped Define Me.

7. The Giving Tree – Shell Silverstein

The Giving Tree

“And the tree was happy.”

6. Flowers For Algernon – Daniel Keyes

Flowers For Algernon

“That’s the thing about human life–there is no control group, no way to ever know how any of us would have turned out if any variables had been changed.

5. Fall on Your Knees – Ann Marie MacDonald.

Fall On Your Knees

Memory plays tricks. Memory is another word for story, and nothing is more unreliable.”

4. Dry – Augusten Burroughs

Dry

“I’m lonely. And I’m lonely in some horribly deep way and for a flash of an instant, I can see just how lonely, and how deep this feeling runs. And it scares the shit out of me to be this lonely because it seems catastrophic.”

3. A Million Little Pieces – James Frey

A Million Little Pieces

“Sometimes skulls are thick. Sometimes hearts are vacant. Sometimes words don’t work.”

2. I Know This Much Is True – Wally Lamb

I Know This Much Is True

“–that books were mirrors, reflective in sometimes unpredictable ways.”

1. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”