The Joy of Living
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Kira from the RIF team would grab this book because she says the secret to happiness lies within its pages. Here the secret: meditation doesn’t have to be a big deal. Actually, it’s really easy.
Yongey Mingur Rinpoche is a meditation master, a reinarnate lama who has made meditation accessible to thousands of students in the West.
The Joy of Living is full of easy-to-do meditation exercises to help you find that quiet space inside. You can meditate in the shower, while you’re cooking, even while you’re driving! As Rinpoche says, “short times, many times.”
Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl
When Man’s Search for Meaning was first published in 1959, it was hailed as “one of the outstanding contributions to psychological thought in the last fifty years.”
Now, more than forty years and 4 million copies later, this tribute to hope in the face of unimaginable loss has emerged as a true classic.
It’s the story of psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s struggle for survival during his three years in Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps. But it’s not “a tale concerned with the great horrors.”
Frankl focuses not on talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.
The Phantom Tollbooth
This ingenious fantasy centers around Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth’s gates and begins a memorable journey.
He meets such characters as the foolish, yet lovable Humbug, the Mathemagician, and the not-so-wicked “Which,” Faintly Macabre, who gives Milo the “impossible” mission of returning two princesses to the Kingdom of Wisdom.
Pride and Prejudice
A Christmas Carol
No holiday season is complete without Charles Dickens’s timeless tale of redemption starring the tightfisted Mr. Scrooge, the long-suffering Bob Cratchit, kindhearted Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.
It’s a story that resonates because we all need a little reminder – no matter what time of year it is – to stop and be grateful for our life in the present.
Beloved stares unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery.
This spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened.
And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.
Arguably the best novel to come out of World War II, in which Heller strips away the veneer of martial glory to expose its insanity, and gives our language a new paradoxical phrase to describe mankind at the mercy of its own institutions.
D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths
All the great gods and goddesses of ancient Greece are depicted in this big, beautiful classic, lovingly illustrated and skillfully told.
Young readers will be dazzled by mighty Zeus, lord of the universe; stirred by elegant Athena, goddess of wisdom; intimidated by powerful Hera, queen of Olympus; and chilled by moody Poseidon, ruler of the sea.
These often impetuous immortals flounce and frolic, get indiscreet, and get even. From petty squabbles to heroic deeds, their actions cover the range of godly-and mortal-personalities.
Conversations with God
Neale Donald Walsch
Neale Donald Walsch went from an unemployed homeless man to an “accidental spiritual messenger” and author of this bestselling book. This is the story of how – at a low point in life – wrote God a letter venting his frustrations.
After he finished, he continued writing and out came the answers to his questions! It’s a provocative book that’s sparked many lively debates about spirituality.
Gravity's Rainbow (Classics Deluxe Edition)
This would be the book you grab if you want to spend the rest of your days reading Very Smart, Very Serious Literature.
A few months after the Germans’ secret V-2 rocket bombs begin falling on London, British Intelligence discovers that a map of the city pinpointing the sexual conquests of one Lieutenant Tyrone Slothrop, U.S. Army, corresponds identically to a map showing the V-2 impact sites. The implications of this discovery will launch Slothrop on an amazing journey across war-torn Europe, fleeing an international cabal of military-industrial superpowers, in search of the mysterious Rocket 00000, through a wildly comic extravaganza.
Imagine that you’ve smoked yourself out of your house baking (read: burning) a batch of cookies. You have time to grab just one book on your way out … which book is it? Choices, choices!
It could be a well-worn copy of Jane Eyre, a book you’ve re-read every summer since 11th grade. It could be a picture book that you loved reading to your daughter when she was a toddler. It could be a prized first-edition autographed copy of a book by your favorite novelist. Or it could be a book that someone else might think is random but is invaluable to you for reasons only you know.
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