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Dancing The Dream by Michael Joseph Jackson is awesome. It is philosophical, reflective, informative, biographical, emotional and profound. "Dancing The Dream" influenced the way I see and respond to reality. Submitted by Kathleen F. Garone. kgarone@nyc.rr.com

She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb. This book is beautifully written as it details the life of a young girl into women hood.  Her trials through her life will have you connected with her and many times throughout the book in tears. Her road to happiness was a long one, but she got there. Submitted by Dominique Jean-Baptiste.

Aesops Fables incredibly penetrating revelation of our behavioral motives, common compassion and needs, for all of us, in perceptive message and drop by drop build-up. Arthur L. Matschke, Principal Scientist, P.O. Box 1748, Voice: (860) 210 0692, New Milford, CT 06776 FAX:   (860) 210 0693  alm@molecucare.com

Intellectuals was the book which changed my life. It was a well written book by Paul Johnson. It talks about the great thinkers in the world; their contributions from literature to science.  It gets more interesting because the author incorporates comments about their life styles such as Tolstoy & Hemingway. Paul Ganjian

Lust for Life by Irving Stone. Exposed me to a tortured yet brilliant man, Vincent Van Gogh,  who gave us his gifts for all generations to awe. Michael Rosenbaum

The Saga of Pliocene Exile by Julian May. It isn't just one book, it's a series of them that tell one unbelievable story. It is a story of humanity and its strengths and weaknesses. It reveals all that is beautiful about humankind and exposes its evil potentialities while simultaneously weaving a story of such imagination that even without the strength of fully developed characters anyone would still thoroughly enjoy these books. I have read and re-read them and I will no doubt do so again before long, and I have yet to find fault with them. The 1st book in the series is titled "the Many Coloured Land". Jason Renzi. renzij@microdental.com

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I first read this book when I was about 8 years old.  It was the first book I read when I graduated to the young adult section of the library, where we went every Saturday. At the time, it was the best book I'd ever read, and I'm thankful to the librarian that helped me pick it out.  A few years later, after my mother died, the story took on a greater meaning.  This book not only captured my heart, it introduced me to the poetry of Robert Frost, for which I am eternally grateful.  Since then, I've read The Outsiders countless times:  in the doctor's waiting room, during a boring lecture, on a long drive. Every time I read it, I cry, I laugh, and I learn a little more.  I've fallen in love with Ponyboy, Johnny, and Dallas every single time I've read this book.  It's the best coming of age story I've read, and I would highly recommend it to anyone, regardless of age, race, or station in life. Ally Beck. psaltybean@yahoo.com

The Odyssey by Homer. Fitzgerald is Homer's greatest emissary, February 19, 2000 David Scott Roberts from Battle Creek, MI. Robert Fitzgerald's translations are among my favorites. While it is virtually impossible to translate Dactylic Hexameter into English, Fitzgerald still captures much of the power and majesty of Homer in his translation. Now, it is conceded that the Odyssey is technically inferior to the Iliad. It is for this reason that the majority of Homeric scholars believe he wrote the Odyssey first, THEN the Iliad. In any case, the Odyssey is still an awesome piece of literature and has enjoyed an enormous influence over all of western thought for close to 3,000 years. It is dubious to believe too many of today's poets / authors will still be remembered 2,500+ years from now. As always with classic literature, I would admonish anyone interested in reading the Odyssey to first consult everything that has gone before, such as the Judgment of Paris & the Iliad, etc. The tale will make SO MUCH more sense that way. As one can see by the negative reviews to this work, Homer is not for those who are only interested in instant gratification. If you cannot get interested in a book which may take you a month to read & a lifetime to truly understand, Homer is not for you. On the other hand, if you're really intrigued by Greek mythology, history or literature, this book is an ABSOLUTE must. It is one of the great cornerstones of all western literature. I am quite certain that people will still be reading Homer 3,000 years from now. Submitted by John Leonidas, MD. leonidas@lij.edu

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