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Subject: Hidden Gems Books I'd Make The World Read
Date Posted: 9/1/2008 8:07 PM ET
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You all know what I'm talking about--your secret (or not-so-secret) list of books that you would shove someone's face into if it was possible because, This Book Must Be Read.  For a better society, as an eye-opener, as a high point in a genre, or just because this author deserves some credit and by-god they somehow haven't gotten it.

Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, And Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.s. Meat Industry by Gail A. Eisnitz

Blindness by Jose Saramago

Scar Night by Alan Campbell

Why We Hate Us by Dick Meyer

Behindlings by Nicola Barker

Yes Man by Danny Wallace

The Weapon by Michael Z. Williamson

Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) by Tom Vanderbilt

There are so many other books that are already well-known: Ishmael, The Lucifer Effect, Pablo Neruda, Gabriel Garcia Marquez... I'm talking about books/authors that haven't gotten the kind of publicity they should.

That's my list.  What's yours?

Last Edited on: 9/1/08 8:09 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/1/2008 11:15 PM ET
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I loved the Maisie Dobbs books by Jacqueline Winspear.  These books are so so so good!

Date Posted: 9/5/2008 7:01 AM ET
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I've given away 4 copies of Gavin de Becker's "The Gift of Fear" to various friends and family members. The guy is a little self-promoting, but the book is full of great information on how to tell if someone intends harm or violence toward others. It's largely aimed at women (how to tell if a boyfriend will be abusive, how to deal with an ex who won't go away), but the section on workplace violence and how to fire someone who might turn ugly should be on every manager's shelf.
Date Posted: 9/5/2008 9:22 AM ET
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I would make the world read "The Real America" by Glenn Beck.

Date Posted: 9/5/2008 3:36 PM ET
Member Since: 12/27/2007
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The Shack

Date Posted: 9/5/2008 7:18 PM ET
Member Since: 8/1/2008
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The Binding of the Blade series by LB Graham