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David Levine

Research Scientist, University of Tennessee


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What book have you read that everyone should read and why?

Many books have a profound effect on us and stay with us for the rest of our lives. Help us all to discover this new gem that we may not have found!

For example "The Giving Tree" for its lessons on unconditional love and selflessness


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    Jan 14 2014: Great question. I can't just choose one but I will try and limit myself to five.

    1. Pride and Prejudice. It's just a beautifully written classic.Simple as that.
    2. Winnie the Pooh. A delight as a child, and an important reminder of childhood as an adult. I still can't read the last chapter without crying.
    3. Siddhartha. A book to come back to at different times in your life to remind yourself that you are on a journey.
    4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Incredibly well written and brilliantly insightful with respect to autism.
    5. The BFG. My favourite of his books and let's face it, nobody should grow up without the words of Roald Dahl and illustrations of Quentin Blake in their life!

    Yep, that was as hard as I expected it to be. My brain is still being flooded with "oh but what about...". Interestingly, it's the books I read as a child that are coming to me the most.

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