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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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Holy Bible
English Standard Version.
by ESV (Apr 01, 2012)
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The English Standard Version of the Bible, the world's fastest-growing Bible translation....
Susan J. Fowler
Aug 17, 2016
The Bible is the most important book in history - no book has had a greater influence on the world. It's probably impossible to understand the state of the world today without understanding the Bible. It's also impossible (less impressively) to understand my own life without examining the influence that Christianity has had on me every step of the way.     source
On the Shortness of Life
by Seneca (Mar 30, 2018)
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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
Meditations
by Marcus Aurelius (Apr 07, 2020)
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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 Collectors Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful b...
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 Brothers Karamazov
by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Jun 14, 2002)
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Categories: ClassicsFiction
The Brothers Karamasov is a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and an exploration of erotic rivalry in a series of triangular love affairs involving the wicked and sentimental Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov and his three sonsthe impulsive and sensual Dmitri; the coldly rational Ivan; and the healthy, red-cheeked young novice Alyosha. Through the grippi...
Susan J. Fowler
Aug 17, 2016
It is a great novel (one of the greatest ever written), but reading it merely as a novel was not enough: I had to look deep within myself and know myself well enough to use it as a magnifying glass into my own flaws and insecurities.      source
The Complete Poems
Anne Sexton
by Anne Sexton (Apr 28, 1999)
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Categories: PoetryFiction
From the joy and anguish of her own experience, Sexton fashioned poems that told truths about the inner lives of men and women. This book comprises Sexton's ten volumes of verse, including the Pulitzer Prize-winner Live or Die, as well as seven poems from her last years....
Susan J. Fowler
Aug 17, 2016
Anne Sexton's The Awful Rowing Toward God (in The Complete Poems) shaped my entire internal dialogue about faith and my desire to make sense of the world around me. Sexton captures the loneliness of our internal struggles with even more elegance and pain than Kierkegaard, and the absurdity of our inner life with even more irony and wit than Beckett. The Awful Rowing Toward God is an examination of the deepest corners of the human heart, and I will never forget it. Not a month goes by that I do not recall the last half of "Rowing":      source
The True Believer
Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (Perennial Classics)
by Eric Hoffer (Sep 03, 2002)
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A stevedore on the San Francisco docks in the 1940s, Eric Hoffer wrote philosophical treatises in his spare time while living in the railroad yards. The True Believer -- the first and most famous of his books -- was made into a bestseller when President Eisenhower cited it during one of the earliest television press conferences.Completely relevant ...
Susan J. Fowler
Aug 17, 2016
I couldn't wrap my head around it until I read Eric Hoffer's The True Believer. I've read and re-read this book countless times ever since, grabbing it off my bookshelf during the various "revolutions" that have happened over the past ten years, and have never been disappointed by Hoffer's insights into the mind and motivations of people who participate in mass movements.      source
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Introduction to Electrodynamics
by David J. Griffiths (Jul 11, 2017)
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This well-known undergraduate electrodynamics textbook is now available in a more affordable printing from Cambridge University Press. The Fourth Edition provides a rigorous, yet clear and accessible treatment of the fundamentals of electromagnetic theory and offers a sound platform for explorations of related applications (AC circuits, antennas, t...
Susan J. Fowler
Aug 17, 2016
Rarely does a physics textbook change a person's life, but I have been lucky enough (or misfortunate enough, perhaps!) to have had my life changed by several of them. Griffith's Introduction to Electrodynamics challenged my mind in ways I never could have expected when I began to learn physics, but it was also the very first textbook in any topic of science or mathematics I encountered that was written elegantly and beautifully. It read like the most beautifully written novels, and yet it was about the real, physical world. From Griffiths I learned that science is never boring, that writing about physics can be as inspired as the best our poets have to offer.      source
The Little Schemer - 4th Edition
by Daniel P. Friedman (Dec 20, 1995)
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The notion that thinking about computing is one of the most exciting things the human mind can do sets both The Little Schemer (formerly known as The Little LISPer) and its new companion volume, The Seasoned Schemer, apart from other books on LISP. The authors' enthusiasm for their subject is compelling as they present abstract concepts in a humoro...
Susan J. Fowler
Aug 17, 2016
I only really thought of programming as a mere tool until I came across The Little Schemer. This wonderful little book launched my love for computer science, and it did so by bridging the gap between the logic I learned in philosophy seminars and the bare-bones programming-as-a-tool mindset I had from physics research.      source
An Introductin to Quantum Field Theory
by Peskin Schroeder (Jan 01, 2018)
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Susan J. Fowler
Aug 17, 2016
Peskin and Schroeder's Introduction to Quantum Field Theory will forever be the book that introduced me to the nature of the universe.      source
The Enchiridion
Adapted for the Contemporary Reader
by Epictetus (May 16, 2017)
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The Enchiridion or Manual of Epictetus (Enchiridion is Greek for "that which is held in the hand") is a short manual of Stoic ethical advice compiled by the Greek philosopher Epictetus.This manual has been carefully adapted into modern English to allow for easy reading....
Susan J. Fowler
Aug 17, 2016
Marcus Aurelius was my first introduction to Stoicism, but it was Epictetus' The Enchiridion that had served as my guide to living a good, intellectually rich life. Epictetus' teachings are life-changing if you apply them to your life, and it is Epictetus' own life story that gives them such significance to me.     source
Plutarch (Plutarchus), ca. 45120 CE, was born at Chaeronea in Boeotia in central Greece, studied philosophy at Athens, and, after coming to Rome as a teacher in philosophy, was given consular rank by the emperor Trajan and a procuratorship in Greece by Hadrian. He was married and the father of one daughter and four sons. He appears as a man of kind...
Susan J. Fowler
Aug 17, 2016
Plutarch's sweeping biographies contrasting great Greek and Roman leaders examines their strengths and weaknesses, and what made each leader great was never what I had imagined when I began reading. Many years later, I still remember lessons I've internalized from the Lives, and, while I'll never be great in the sense that these men were, I'm forever indebted to them.      source
The role of the Supreme Court in American government
by 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
Lost Time
Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp (New York Review Books Classics)
by Jozef Czapski (Nov 06, 2018)
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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 Prousts 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 Prousts masterpiece, sketched major and minor ...
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 Elements of New Testament Greek
3rd Edition
by David Wenham (Foreword by) Jeremy Duff (Jun 28, 2006)
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Susan J. Fowler
Aug 17, 2016
Wenham's The Elements of New Testament Greek was my very first Greek textbook, and it remains my favorite to this day. It is the perfect language book: flawless organization, clear and concise introductions to grammar, and the best exercises. I have learned (and attempted to learn) many languages since my first stab at Ancient Greek, and I have structured the way I learn each language exactly as Wenham presents Greek in this wonderful book.      source
Swann's Way
by Marcel Proust (Nov 01, 2018)
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Categories: ClassicsFiction
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
War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy (Sep 01, 1997)
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This title is translated by Louise & Aylmer Maude. With an Introduction by Henry and Olga Claridge, University of Kent at Canterbury.'War and Peace' is a vast epic centred on Napoleon's war with Russia. While it expresses Tolstoy's view that history is an inexorable process which man cannot influence, he peoples his great novel with a cast of over ...
Susan J. Fowler
Aug 17, 2016
No list of life-altering books would be complete without Tolstoy's War and Peace. Tolstoy is one of those writers who controls the entire experience of the reader: he commands what you see, what you think, how you feel - there is no ambiguity. Because of this, the experience of reading War and Peace is unforgettable: Tolstoy has dictated your experience so well that you emerge having lived half a dozen other lives. There has never been and perhaps will never be any other book like it.     source
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Zen in the Art of Writing
Essays on Creativity
by Ray Bradbury (Jul 31, 1994)
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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
Fifth Business
by Robertson Davies (Jan 01, 2001)
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Categories: FictionClassics
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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Anna Karenina
by Leo Tolstoy (Sep 15, 2014)
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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
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The Trial
by Franz Kafka (Oct 06, 2020)
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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
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The Republic
by Plato (Jan 02, 2018)
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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
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The Aeneid
by 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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The Satanic Verses
A Novel
by Salman Rushdie (Mar 11, 2008)
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One of the most controversial and acclaimed novels ever written, The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdies best-known and most galvanizing book. Set in a modern world filled with both mayhem and miracles, the story begins with a bang: the terrorist bombing of a London-bound jet in midflight. Two Indian actors of opposing sensibilities fall to earth, tr...
Susan J. Fowler
Aug 17, 2016
After reading this (and being completely blown away by its brilliance), I marveled at how different the Quran must be from the Bible, how different Islam must be from Christianity, to have inspired this book, and thus began my introduction to the religions of the world.      source