Online reading group and book discussion forum
  HOME FORUMS BOOKS LINKS DONATE ADVERTISE CONTACT  
View unanswered posts | View active topics It is currently Sat Nov 22, 2014 10:26 pm

<< Week of November 22, 2014 >>
Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
22 Day Month

23 Day Month

24 Day Month

25 Day Month

26 Day Month

27 Day Month

28 Day Month


Forum rules


Authors and publishers are welcome to tell us about their books ONLY if they are honest and reveal their relationship to the book and/or author. If you are here to promote a book you MUST state that you are the author, publisher or some other relation to the author or publisher or campaign to promote the book. Nothing short of complete disclosure will be tolerated.

All attempts to deceive BookTalk.org visitors and members with fake book reviews or endorsements make you, the author and the book appear unworthy of legitimate praise and will result in instant banning of all accounts, email addresses and IP addresses associated with the deception.

We take book suggestions, endorsement and reviews seriously on BookTalk.org and if you insult our intelligence with fake suggestions, endorsements and reviews we don't want you here and we won't consider your book as being worthy of our time.

If you would like to advertise your book click on the ADVERTISE link in the top green navigation bar and purchase and ad.



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 8 posts ] • Topic evaluate: Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average. 
Non-Fiction, Life-Changing Books? 
Author Message
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
Getting Comfortable


Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 6
Thanks: 1
Thanked: 3 times in 3 posts
Gender: None specified

Post Non-Fiction, Life-Changing Books?
Why don't more non-fiction books make the 'best of' and 'changed my life' lists? I've got several that fit the bill in terms of life-changing (even 'Joy of Cooking,' LOL). Just curious as to why, when someone says "Tell me about the books that changed your life," so many automatically answer w/fiction. I'm not arguing some of these great choices, but I'm curious.

So, what non-fiction books changed your life? Which ones had the most influence?



The following user would like to thank LaraP for this post:
R. LeBeaux
Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:28 pm
Profile Email
User avatar
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
Freshman


Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 221
Location: Central Florida
Thanks: 165
Thanked: 113 times in 79 posts
Gender: Male
Country: United States (us)

Post Re: Non-Fiction, Life-Changing Books?
amazon.com/Turning-Point-Science-Societ ... amp;sr=1-1

A book that delves into a new way of viewing the world called "Systems Theory."

Image


_________________
Author of the novel CUTE - The Sexual Perils of Growing Up Cute
amazon.com/Cute-Sexual-Perils-Growing-U ... amp;sr=1-2
http://www.cutethenovel.com/


Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:52 pm
Profile Email WWW
User avatar
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
Cunning Linguist


Joined: Oct 2007
Posts: 82
Location: New York
Thanks: 1
Thanked: 8 times in 6 posts
Gender: Male

Post Re: Non-Fiction, Life-Changing Books?
How to Win Friends and Influence People, and Pyscho-Cybernetics, two of the greatest self-helf books of all time.

Randy


_________________
The Way of the River: My Journey of Fishing, Forgiveness and Spiritual Recovery


Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:56 am
Profile WWW
Years of membershipYears of membership
Getting Comfortable


Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 9
Thanks: 0
Thanked: 1 time in 1 post
Gender: None specified

Post Re: Non-Fiction, Life-Changing Books?
I loved this book, "HALF THE SKY; Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide" by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

It didn't open my eyes to atrocities because I already knew of the topics discussed. It did inspire me to do something to create a more peaceful accepting world. The first part is about sex slavery and I had to stop reading that section and read other parts of the book first. It was so sad and so difficult to read that part and not know what I could do to stop it.

There are great success stories in the book that show how well humans can act towards each other and the power we each have to make a positive difference.

In the end I suppose it taught me that change is possible, but it really has to start on a local and individual level. We can create billions of laws to stop atrocities, but the truth is if people don't change it won't stop them from hurting others. So all those beauty queens wishing for world peace isn't going to change the world.

There are other books, but this one is always stuck in my head when people ask about good non-fiction. I would recommend it for anyone over the age of 15.


_________________
:)


The following user would like to thank ImpowerYou for this post:
R. LeBeaux
Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:43 pm
Profile Email
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
Creative Writing Student


Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 31
Thanks: 17
Thanked: 4 times in 2 posts
Gender: None specified

Post Re: Non-Fiction, Life-Changing Books?
whew, deep breath:

just shaking my head for some memories:

the Bible, soul on ice, the autobiography of malcolm x, I know why the caged bird sings, warrior woman,
west with the night, lincoln's gettsburg address, the constitution, the diaries of virginia woolf, congressional record of watergate hearings, the second world war (churchill), letters of jane austen, road to coorain, the guns of august, and no birds sang, let us now praise famous men, the white album, out of africa/shadows on the grass, i'm ok, you're okay, all the president's men, the rise and the fall of the third reich, working, james baldwin essays, black like me,
On the road, the diary of anne frank, in cold blook, working, silent spring, the late great state of california, the path to power (caro), the power broker (caro).. the march of folly (tuchman)...two years before the mast...



Last edited by icindy on Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:55 pm, edited 1 time in total.



Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:36 pm
Profile Email
Years of membershipYears of membership
Creative Writing Student


Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 33
Thanks: 1
Thanked: 10 times in 10 posts
Gender: None specified

Post Re: Non-Fiction, Life-Changing Books?
This are some of my favorites,

Human Action - Ludwig von Mises, Thank Your for Arguing - Jay Heinrichs, The Road to Serfdom - F. A. Hayek, Liberty and Tyranny - Mark R. Levin, Visions of the Annoited - Thomas Sowell,
Liberal Fascism -Jonah Goldberg, Homage to Catolonia - George Orwell, The real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots who Idolize him - Humberto Fontova, The Federalist Papers - Hamilton,Madison and Jay
The Anti Federalist - George Mason, Lenin, Stalin and Hitler - Robert Gellanty, In the Garden of the Beast - Eric Larson, The Crowd (the study of the popular mind) -Gustave Le Bon, Two Treatises of Government - John Locke, Bonhoeffer Pastor Martyr Prophet Spy - Eric Mataxas, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler The Age of Social Catastrophe - Robert Gellately, Black Listed by History - M. Staton Evans, How the Scots Invented the Modern World - Arthur Herman, History of the American People - Paul Johnson, Men In Black - Mark R. Levin, White Liberals and Black Rednecks - Thomas Sowell, On Liberty - John Stuart Mill,
A Bright Shinning Lie - Neil Sheehan, Vietnam A History - Stanley Karnow, Radical For Captalism - Brian Doherty, We Were Soldiers - Harold Moore, Guns of August -Barbara Tuchman, Gulag Archipelago - Alexandr I. Solzhenitsyn, Because They Hate - Bridgette Gabriel, Guadacanal Diary - Richard Tregaskis

I would recommend any and all of them.



Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:31 pm
Profile Email
User avatar
Years of membershipYears of membership
Banned

Banned

Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 20
Thanks: 0
Thanked: 1 time in 1 post
Gender: None specified

Post Re: Non-Fiction, Life-Changing Books?
I'll go by author. Solzhenitsyn, Velikovsky, Will Durant, Robert Briffault, Sun Tzu.



Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:19 am
Profile Email
Years of membershipYears of membership
Getting Comfortable


Joined: May 2012
Posts: 5
Thanks: 1
Thanked: 1 time in 1 post
Gender: Male
Country: India (in)

Post Re: Non-Fiction, Life-Changing Books?
I consider spiritual books leaving deep impact in me. Some of the books that I loved are The Power of Now, Kriya Yoga (by Paramahansa Hariharananda) and Talks with Sri Ramana Maharishi.

I consider practice more important than reading in bringing spiritual transformation. Generally the masters say that the reading and the practice should go together.


_________________
My books

Zen Mind, Empty Mind


Tue May 08, 2012 5:01 am
Profile Email WWW
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 8 posts ] • Topic evaluate: Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average. 



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:

Recent Posts 
If you were God, would you give humanity moral free will?

Sat Nov 22, 2014 10:11 pm

Flann 5

Do you have a quote to share? Funny? Positive? Thought Provoking?

Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:46 pm

Movie Nerd

"What Book Changed Your Mind?"

Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:15 pm

Hal Henry

Renewable energy - the old chestnut, puréed

Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:13 pm

LanDroid

Why is there something and not nothing?

Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:02 pm

Hal Henry

"Logical Fallacies: The Key to Proving Christians Wrong"

Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:45 pm

ManofEcstasy

Is God the epitome of both good and evil?

Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:30 pm

ManofEcstasy

Why Do So Many Have Trouble Believing In Evolution?

Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:09 pm

Movie Nerd

COSMOS - Episode 5 (more quasi subliminal propaganda)

Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:52 pm

Chris OConnor

How do you read a boring book?

Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:11 pm

Movie Nerd

What are you reading right now?

Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:10 pm

Movie Nerd

The "Recent Topics" block now shows 20 posts instead of 10

Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:59 pm

Chris OConnor

How important is the news?

Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:55 pm

Crystalline

Faith closes the mind. It is pure idol worship.

Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:33 pm

Interbane

Back! Will Be More Active

Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:18 pm

PoeticJustin

Many thanks for having me, Joe

Sat Nov 22, 2014 3:37 pm

Chris OConnor

Wearable Fitness and Health Tracking Devices

Sat Nov 22, 2014 2:01 pm

Crystalline

Evolution and the 2nd law of thermodynamics

Sat Nov 22, 2014 10:49 am

johnson1010

Writing is the light of imagination playing over shadow of thoughts

Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:49 am

khaled Talib

NEW MEMOIR - LOVE OF LIFE - A MIRACULOUS STORY!

Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:16 am

sokhom


BookTalk.org Links 
Forum Rules & Tips
Frequently Asked Questions
BBCode Explained
Info for Authors & Publishers
Featured Book Suggestions
Author Interview Transcripts
Be a Book Discussion Leader!
    

Love to talk about books but don't have time for our book discussion forums? For casual book talk join us on Facebook.

Featured Books

Poll

Yes  66%  [2]
No  33%  [1]
Total votes: 3

Books by New Authors


Top Posters

Of all time: Chris OConnor (14170), Interbane (5578), DWill (4962), stahrwe (4610), Robert Tulip (4231), Mr. Pessimistic (3542), johnson1010 (3326), geo (3254), ant (3061), Penelope (2969), Saffron (2859), Suzanne (2474), Frank 013 (2021), Dissident Heart (1796), bleachededen (1680), President Camacho (1614), Ophelia (1543), Dexter (1448), tat tvam asi (1298), youkrst (1287)

Of the last 24 hrs: Movie Nerd (20), Chris OConnor (17), lehelvandor (15), ant (15), geo (11), ManofEcstasy (9), johnson1010 (8), Crystalline (6), LanDroid (5), Dexter (5), danimorg62 (4), Interbane (4), Hal Henry (4), PoeticJustin (4), sokhom (2), Cattleman (2), bionov (1), Suzanne (1), Flann 5 (1), khaled Talib (1)




BookTalk.org is a free book discussion group or online reading group or book club. We read and talk about both fiction and non-fiction books as a group. We host live author chats where booktalk members can interact with and interview authors. We give away free books to our members in book giveaway contests. Our booktalks are open to everybody who enjoys talking about books. Our book forums include book reviews, author interviews and book resources for readers and book lovers. Discussing books is our passion. We're a literature forum, or reading forum. Register a free book club account today! Suggest nonfiction and fiction books. Authors and publishers are welcome to advertise their books or ask for an author chat or author interview.


Navigation 
MAIN NAVIGATION

HOMEFORUMSBOOKSTRANSCRIPTSOLD FORUMSADVERTISELINKSFAQDONATETERMS OF USEPRIVACY POLICY

BOOK FORUMS FOR ALL BOOKS WE HAVE DISCUSSED
Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart - by Lex Bayer and John FigdorSense and Goodness Without God - by Richard CarrierFrankenstein - by Mary ShelleyThe Big Questions - by Simon BlackburnScience Was Born of Christianity - by Stacy TrasancosThe Happiness Hypothesis - by Jonathan HaidtA Game of Thrones - by George R. R. MartinTempesta's Dream - by Vincent LoCocoWhy Nations Fail - by Daron Acemoglu and James RobinsonThe Drowning Girl - Caitlin R. KiernanThe Consolations of the Forest - by Sylvain TessonThe Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion: The Mormons - by David FitzgeraldA Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - by James JoyceThe Divine Comedy - by Dante AlighieriThe Magic of Reality - by Richard DawkinsDubliners - by James JoyceMy Name Is Red - by Orhan PamukThe World Until Yesterday - by Jared DiamondThe Man Who Was Thursday - by by G. K. ChestertonThe Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven PinkerLord Jim by Joseph ConradThe Hobbit by J. R. R. TolkienThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsAtlas Shrugged by Ayn RandThinking, Fast and Slow - by Daniel KahnemanThe Righteous Mind - by Jonathan HaidtWorld War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max BrooksMoby Dick: or, the Whale by Herman MelvilleA Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer EganLost Memory of Skin: A Novel by Russell BanksThe Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. KuhnHobbes: Leviathan by Thomas HobbesThe House of the Spirits - by Isabel AllendeArguably: Essays by Christopher HitchensThe Falls: A Novel (P.S.) by Joyce Carol OatesChrist in Egypt by D.M. MurdockThe Glass Bead Game: A Novel by Hermann HesseA Devil's Chaplain by Richard DawkinsThe Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph CampbellThe Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainThe Moral Landscape by Sam HarrisThe Decameron by Giovanni BoccaccioThe Road by Cormac McCarthyThe Grand Design by Stephen HawkingThe Evolution of God by Robert WrightThe Tin Drum by Gunter GrassGood Omens by Neil GaimanPredictably Irrational by Dan ArielyThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel by Haruki MurakamiALONE: Orphaned on the Ocean by Richard Logan & Tere Duperrault FassbenderDon Quixote by Miguel De CervantesMusicophilia by Oliver SacksDiary of a Madman and Other Stories by Nikolai GogolThe Passion of the Western Mind by Richard TarnasThe Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le GuinThe Genius of the Beast by Howard BloomAlice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Empire of Illusion by Chris HedgesThe Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner The Extended Phenotype by Richard DawkinsSmoke and Mirrors by Neil GaimanThe Selfish Gene by Richard DawkinsWhen Good Thinking Goes Bad by Todd C. RinioloHouse of Leaves by Mark Z. DanielewskiAmerican Gods: A Novel by Neil GaimanPrimates and Philosophers by Frans de WaalThe Enormous Room by E.E. CummingsThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar WildeGod Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher HitchensThe Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama Paradise Lost by John Milton Bad Money by Kevin PhillipsThe Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson BurnettGodless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists by Dan BarkerThe Things They Carried by Tim O'BrienThe Limits of Power by Andrew BacevichLolita by Vladimir NabokovOrlando by Virginia Woolf On Being Certain by Robert A. Burton50 reasons people give for believing in a god by Guy P. HarrisonWalden: Or, Life in the Woods by Henry David ThoreauExile and the Kingdom by Albert CamusOur Inner Ape by Frans de WaalYour Inner Fish by Neil ShubinNo Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthyThe Age of American Unreason by Susan JacobyTen Theories of Human Nature by Leslie Stevenson & David HabermanHeart of Darkness by Joseph ConradThe Stuff of Thought by Stephen PinkerA Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled HosseiniThe Lucifer Effect by Philip ZimbardoResponsibility and Judgment by Hannah ArendtInterventions by Noam ChomskyGodless in America by George A. RickerReligious Expression and the American Constitution by Franklyn S. HaimanDeep Economy by Phil McKibbenThe God Delusion by Richard DawkinsThe Third Chimpanzee by Jared DiamondThe Woman in the Dunes by Abe KoboEvolution vs. Creationism by Eugenie C. ScottThe Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael PollanI, Claudius by Robert GravesBreaking The Spell by Daniel C. DennettA Peace to End All Peace by David FromkinThe Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey NiffeneggerThe End of Faith by Sam HarrisEnder's Game by Orson Scott CardThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark HaddonValue and Virtue in a Godless Universe by Erik J. WielenbergThe March by E. L DoctorowThe Ethical Brain by Michael GazzanigaFreethinkers: A History of American Secularism by Susan JacobyCollapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared DiamondThe Battle for God by Karen ArmstrongThe Future of Life by Edward O. WilsonWhat is Good? by A. C. GraylingCivilization and Its Enemies by Lee HarrisPale Blue Dot by Carl SaganHow We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God by Michael ShermerLooking for Spinoza by Antonio DamasioLies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al FrankenThe Red Queen by Matt RidleyThe Blank Slate by Stephen PinkerUnweaving the Rainbow by Richard DawkinsAtheism: A Reader edited by S.T. JoshiGlobal Brain by Howard BloomThe Lucifer Principle by Howard BloomGuns, Germs and Steel by Jared DiamondThe Demon-Haunted World by Carl SaganBury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee BrownFuture Shock by Alvin Toffler

OTHER PAGES WORTH EXPLORING
Banned Book ListOur Amazon.com SalesMassimo Pigliucci Rationally SpeakingOnline Reading GroupTop 10 Atheism BooksFACTS Book Selections

Copyright © BookTalk.org 2002-2014. All rights reserved.
Website developed by MidnightCoder.ca
Display Pagerank