I've been tagged. Twice. This was a tough one for me. There are so many books that I love; it was hard to choose just one in each category.
One book that changed your life?
The Baby Book by Sears & Sears. This book sold me on attachment parenting, and taught me to approach issues and concerns by focusing on connecting with Bud. I decided that attachment parenting was the right philosophy for us long before I knew that Bud was autistic, and I think it would have been a good decision even if Bud was neurotypical. In retrospect, though, I can see that autism has made this philosophy, and this book, invaluable to me.
One book you have read more than once?
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. I'm a fan of "juvenile fiction" in general. Many of my favorite books were written for the 9-to-12-year-old market. But The Westing Game! Oh, how I love this book. I first read it shortly after it was released in 1978. I've read it many times since. And I'm really looking forward to sharing with Bud in a few years.
One book you would want on a desert island?
Gah! I've been sitting here staring at a blinking cursor for 20 minutes. This is an impossible question. Am I going to be on the desert island for the rest of my life? Am I all alone? Do I have only one book? I can think of only one way to answer this question: "I don't know. Surprise me!"
One book that made you laugh?
Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott. Somebody gave me this book right after Bud was born and I read it while I nursed him, which was no easy feat because 1) he had an impossibly large head and I needed both arms and a couch full of pillows to hold it in place, and 2) he had trouble latching on, so once I had him in place I needed to stay as still as I could or risk disrupting the whole business. I spent most of our nursing time wondering how it was that other women made it look so easy, bemoaning the fact that I wasn't finding it easy at all, and thanking heaven for Anne Lamott, who made me feel normal, couch full of pillows and all.
One book that made you cry?
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. One of my favorite books of all time.
One book you wish had never been written?
The Starr Report: The Findings of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr on President Clinton and the Lewinsky Affair by Kenneth Starr. Perhaps if Congress had not wasted 8 years and 40 billion dollars waging a personal attack on Bill Clinton, we would not be where we are today.
One book you are currently reading?
Eye Contact by Cammie McGovern. More on that when I've finished.
One book you have been meaning to read?
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Can you believe I've never read it? I was around Catcher in the Rye age when John Lennon was murdered, and it was revealed that his murderer was obsessed with the book and had a copy in his possession when he was arrested. I have tried to read it several times since then, but as a Beatles fan I just find that the association is too powerful and I can't get past the first page.
One book you wish you had written?
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. Harriet speaks to my inner-ten-year-old.
Tag, you're it!