The Book That Changed My Life: 71 Remarkable Writers Celebrate the Books That Matter Most to Them edited by Roxanne J. Coady and Joy Johannessen
This collection of short essays by a wide variety of writers on books that influenced them was put together by bookseller Roxanne Coady inspired by the numerous author events that she hosted as well as the Read to Grow Foundation that she is a co-founder of. At some point, all the authors included here have read their work at her bookstore R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut. All proceeds from this book go to the Read to Grow Foundation which works with hospitals so that every family with a newborn infant goes home with books, and a literacy packet to encourage early childhood development.
Many well-known authors are here as well as memoir writers, science writers, and history writers.
Many choices by the authors reach back into their childhood or teenage years, but others speak to a book that opened them to a new way of looking at things, a new subject, or a self-realization.
A good collection that includes a list of the books chosen as well as reading lists by both editors.