And, no, not Ayn Rand
May 11, 2010 11:12 AM Subscribe
So, what were your big life-clarifying books?
posted by rtimmel to Religion & Philosophy (92 answers total) 145 users marked this as a favorite
My son is 18 and has hit one of those rough patches – he is struggling with questions of what he will do with his life, what it means to be successful, how to successsfully navigate ill-fitting societal norms, etc. They are questions we al grapple with and are very age-appropriate, but he is having a hard time dealing with them and is feeling adrift. We talk about it a lot, but I would like to find some outside, non-parental sources for him. I remember several book that were important to me, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Siddhartha to name two – but sad to say, I don’t remember exactly what questions they answered for me. Plus, my issues at his age were largely social, his seem to relate more to direction and career.
So, does anyone have any good suggestions for books that could change his life?