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Volume 1, Issue 4
Winter 2005:

From an Ample Nation

Philip S. Pang, MD

Cell 2 Soul. 2005 Winter; 1(4):a13

  1. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

    A toast to the imagination and to life.

  2. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin

    Life's meaning, questioned, answered, questioned.

  3. The Power of Patience by The Dalai Lama

    What we should ask of ourselves; that thing called happiness.

  4. Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk by Peter Bernstein

    Understanding human nature, our decisions.

  5. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

    Heinlein's exercise in freeing the mind, best read when a teenager.

  6. You Can Negotiate Anything by Herb Cohen

    A practical guide to understanding how not to let small people take you down.

  7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    Harper Lee's guide to maintaining and relearning perspective in life.

  8. The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard

    The reality and wonder of that thing called love, called being alive.

  9. Poems New & Collected 1957-1997: Wislawa Szymborska

    Poems to live by, digest over a lifetime.

  10. The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

    Because you need to remember to go out and play.

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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