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Volume 3, Issue 1
Spring 2007:

From an Ample Nation

Joan Burns

Cell 2 Soul. 2007 Spring; 3(1):a13

  1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  2. Of whalers and the sea but the main storyline is about a person seeking to damage a living creature who is damaged himself instead, seeks revenge and ends up dead.

  3. The Wild Palms by William Faulkner
  4. My favorite Faulkner. Two separate stories with the same theme of how uncontrollable forces shape destiny

  5. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  6. Middlemarch is a microcosm containing among many other characters a doctor who has to sacrifice his dream because of his foolish wife. Most interesting to me at is the intertwined story of an intelligent woman who marries under a delusion about what her life's work should be.

  7. The Lanny Budd series by Upton Sinclair
  8. Want to get a look in on gun manufacturers and the arts early on in the 20th century? Shows Europe and the U.S.

  9. The Abyss by Marguerite Yourcenour
  10. The life and times of a 16th century physician. Fiction, but scrupulously researched and marvelously written.

  11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  12. A classic of World War II, comic and awful. Contains doctors.

  13. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  14. A headstrong girl who loves the land and isn't good with relationships. This picture of the Civil War and the defeated South is vivid and remarkably accurate. The doctor is a great fellow.

  15. John Adams by David McCullough
  16. America's beginnings as a nation with politicians such as Washington and Jefferson. Well written.




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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