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Volume 1, Issue 4
Winter 2005:

From an Ample Nation

Karen Kwitter, PhD

Cell 2 Soul. 2005 Winter; 1(4):a10

  1. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe

    For its beautiful prose and coming-of-age insight.

  2. Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

    For its inspiration and hectoring about the very poor.

  3. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

    For its writing and themes of friendship, loyalty and loss.

  4. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

    For its writing and exploration of the human condition.

  5. The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski

    For its lucidity and breadth.

  6. Beowulf translated by Seamus Haney

    Seamus Haney's luminous translation.

  7. Shakespeare's Sonnets

    For the obvious reasons.

  8. The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan

    For Sagan's insistence on rationality though I disagree with his absolute anti-religionism.

  9. The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson

    For its writing and its political sensibility, not the sci-fi aspect.

  10. Night by Elie Wiesel

    Because it's necessary.

In late 2005, the editors of Cell 2 Soul and Dermanities launched a new section, "Why Read? — Personal Canons," which is a forum to catalog those works of art which instruct and enrich us as care givers and individuals. We invited some friends, colleagues and teachers to share those they deem canonical — books, poems, the occasional movie to which they keep returning.

The background for these selections is found in a recent editorial entitled: Why Read? An Emerging Canon.

We welcome your Personal Canon. Please click on Canon Guidelines. Kindly follow the format you see here.

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