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Susan Joy Fowler is an American writer and software engineer known for her role in influencing institutional changes in how Uber and Silicon Valley companies treat sexual harassment. Her business celebrity led to book and Hollywood film deals based on her experience
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Zen in the Art of Writing
Essays on Creativity
Ray Bradbury - Jul 31, 1994 (first published in 1973)
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"Bradbury, all charged up, drunk on life, joyous with writing, puts together nine past essays on writing and creativity and discharges every ounce of zest and gusto in him."--Kirkus Reviews "Zen and the Art of Writing is purely and simply Bradbury's love song to his craft."--Los Angeles Times...
Susan J. Fowler
Mar 03, 2019
This is one of the greatest things I’ve ever read. If you’re a creative person, go read this now!!     source
Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy - Sep 15, 2014 (first published in 1877)
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Tolstoy published Anna Karenina in serial installments from 1873 to 1877 in the periodical The Russian Messenger. Fyodor Dostoyevsky declared it "flawless as a work of art." His opinion was shared by Vladimir Nabokov, who especially admired "the flawless magic of Tolstoy's style," and by William Faulkner, who described the novel as, "the best ever ...
Susan J. Fowler
Feb 16, 2019
950 pages later. The greatest. What should I read next?     source
Lost Time
Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp (New York Review Books Classics)
Jozef Czapski - Nov 06, 2018 (first published in 1948)
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During the Second World War, as a prisoner of war in a Soviet camp, and with nothing but memory to go on, the Polish artist and soldier Józef Czapski brought Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time to life for an audience of prison inmates. In a series of lectures, Czapski described the arc and import of Proust’s masterpiece, sketched major and mino...
Susan J. Fowler
Nov 14, 2018
Just finished this wonderful book. I have to read 21 more books before the end of the year in order to reach this year’s reading goal. Eeeeeeek!!     source
The role of the Supreme Court in American government
Archibald Cox - Jan 01, 1976
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Susan J. Fowler
Oct 06, 2018
This book is so amazing. It covers so much that is relevant today, and I think it is essential reading - especially for anyone curious about what might happen with Mueller’s investigation.     source
Fifth Business
Robertson Davies - Jan 01, 2001 (first published in 1970)
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Ramsay is a man twice born, a man who has returned from the hell of the battle-grave at Passchendaele in World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross and destined to be caught in a no man's land where memory, history, and myth collide. As Ramsay tells his story, it begins to seem that from boyhood, he has exerted a perhaps mystical, perhaps pernic...
Susan J. Fowler
Jul 15, 2018
Reading Fifth Business by Robertson Davies (this book is amazing, highly recommend)     source
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The Trial
Franz Kafka - Oct 06, 2020 (first published in 1925)
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Written in 1914 but not published until 1925, a year after Kafka’s death, The Trial is the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy of the excesses of ...
Susan J. Fowler
Aug 17, 2016
Reading Kafka's The Trial as a teenager, I found myself laughing at how much the struggles and frustrations of Josef K. reminded me of my own. Luckily I had a better fate than he, but this book gave a voice to the frustrations I had about my own powerlessness, and somehow pumped me full of courage. The way in which this book shaped my life the most, however, was not through the tale itself, but by the life of Franz Kafka. Reading of his journey as a writer, having to struggle working a soulless job, reminded me of my own life and inspired me to try to make something of myself no matter what my day job happened to be.      source
Meditations
Marcus Aurelius - Apr 07, 2020 (first published in 180)
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The Meditations are a set of personal reflections by Marcus Aurelius. He writes about the vicissitudes of his own life and explores how to live wisely and virtuously in an unpredictable world.Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful ...
Susan J. Fowler
Aug 17, 2016
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, the great philosopher-king, have been my constant companion over the years as I sought to find my place in the world around me. My journey toward self-awareness, toward applying philosophy to my everyday life, was entirely inspired by Marcus Aurelius.      source
The Aeneid
Virgil - Apr 07, 2020
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The Aeneid – thrilling, terrifying and poignant in equal measure – has inspired centuries of artists, writers and musicians.Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition...
Susan J. Fowler
Aug 17, 2016
Virgil's Aenied was my introduction to the poetry of Ancient Greece and Rome, and when I first read it, I had no idea that it was a classic, that it was considered one of the greatest poems ever written. All I knew was that I found a random book of poetry on my father's bookshelf, and it was the craziest poem I ever read. It sparked my love for the classics, and I soon began learning Latin and Ancient Greek in the hope that I could someday read the original.      source
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Swann's Way
Marcel Proust - Nov 01, 2018 (first published in 1913)
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Swann's Way tells two related stories, the first of which revolves around Marcel, a younger version of the narrator, and his experiences in, and memories of, the French town Combray. Inspired by the "gusts of memory" that rise up within him as he dips a Madeleine into hot tea, the narrator discusses his fear of going to bed at night. He is a creatu...
Susan J. Fowler
Aug 17, 2016
Reading Swann's Way for the very first time was like living through a strange dream, a dream of a life so far from my own weird existence, and it was nothing short of magical. I fell in love with Proust over and over and over again, and was so swept away by his sweeping, beautiful narration that I decided I would someday become a writer. Nothing in the world seemed to me to be as beautiful as what Proust had accomplished with In Search of Lost Time: the ability to imprint a dream in the mind of the reader.      source
On the Shortness of Life
Seneca - Mar 30, 2018 (first published in 2049)
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The Stoic writings of the philosopher Seneca offer powerful insights into the art of living, the importance of reason and morality, and continue to provide profound guidance to many through their eloquence, lucidity and timeless wisdom.Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves—and each oth...
Susan J. Fowler
Aug 17, 2016
No book has shaped my life more than Seneca's On the Shortness of Life. I believe with all of my heart that it is the greatest thing that has ever been written, and there is no way that I can do it justice except to encourage everyone I know to read it. It is the answer to the question of how we should live our lives, a powerful call to spend our days on things that truly matter.     source
The Republic
Plato - Jan 02, 2018 (first published in 380)
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Packaged in handsome, affordable trade editions, Clydesdale Classics is a new series of essential works. From the musings of intellectuals such as Thomas Paine in Common Sense to the striking personal narrative of Harriet Jacobs in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, this new series is a comprehensive collection of our intellectual history throu...
Susan J. Fowler
Aug 17, 2016
Reading the Plato's Republic was the very first time I had encountered reason, and I discovered that I could make sense of myself and the world around me through careful introspection, abstraction, and structure. Its influence on me was so strong that I continued to study philosophy for the next ten years!     source
An Introductin to Quantum Field Theory by Peskin Schroeder
Introduction to Electrodynamics by David J. Griffiths
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Holy Bible by ESV
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
The Elements of New Testament Greek by David Wenham (Foreword by) Jeremy Duff
Enchiridion by Epictetus
The True Believer by Eric Hoffer
The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Little Schemer by Daniel P. Friedman
Plutarch Lives, I, Theseus and Romulus. Lycurgus and Numa. Solon and Publicola by Plutarch