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Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit. The number one bestseller in Mexico and America for almost two years, and subsequently a bestseller around the world,

Laura Esquivel: Like Water for Chocolate Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

Banned Books Week

I love reading banned books. The books that make people mad are the books that make the best points. FTFY: 40 Banned Books You Should Read Now!

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The Quarter-Life Crisis Reading List - Reading recommendations for twenty-something women who need to get out of a funk or just want to feel better about life

A film about two homicide detectives' desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world's ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins:    Lust  Glutony  Greed  Sloth  Wrath  Envy  Pride

Se7en (1995)

- An awesome thriller ode to the "deadly sins" directed by David Fincher. The awesome casting of Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, and Gwyneth Paltrow's head in a box where it should remain for all of her films.

Memoirs of A Geisha (2005). This is one of my favorite books....wonderfully written! The movie was a disaster in comparrison!

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden. A Japanese woman's transformation from impoverished beginnings to one of Japan's most celebrated entertainers in a geisha house. This is my ALL TIME favorite book!

Secret Life of Bees....loved this book..

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Set in the American South in the year of the Civil Rights Act and intensifying racial unrest, Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees is a powerful.

Read him over and over in High School and college, and still relevant today.

My favorite night stand book. The Prophet is a book of 26 prose poetry essays written in English by the Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer Kahlil Gibran. It was originally published in 1923 by Alfred A. It is Gibran's best known work.

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Anna Karenina : a novel in eight parts / Leo Tolstoy ; translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.

To Kill a Mockingbird (Universal Legacy Series) MCA http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009X7664/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_9IEoub1BANHHD

To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film adaptation of Harper Lee's classic novel; stars Mary Badham in the role of Scout and Gregory Peck in the role of Atticus Finch.

Like Water For Chocolate (1992) - the ending was bittersweet

Como agua para chocolate (1992)

The 5 People You Meet In Heaven - thought provoking, with heart wrenching twist at the end. Makes you realize, that the lives you touch are all around you.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom New

The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom.excellent book, I've read it several times and I still love it.

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho in my 26 years of life, one of the best books ive ever read! this is a must read! everyone should read once in their life!

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho "When you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

Just finished this on my commute today.  Incredible, jaw-dropping, heart-wrenching, tear-jerking story.  But definitely a must-read.  Completely changed my mind about the Afghan culture and makes me want to help!

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini. Story of a boy Amir, from Afghanistan who needs to find his way in the world as he realizes that his own belief system is not that of his dominant culture. Set in Afghanistan and the United States.

Friday Favorites | Quote from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho “The lake was silent for some time. Finally, it said: “I weep for Narcissus, but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful. I weep because, each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected.”

The Alchemist => One of my favorite quotes from this book: "When you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

'Memoirs of a Geisha' by Arthur Golden: The "memoirs" of one of Japan's most celebrated geishas describes how, as a little girl in 1929, she is sold into slavery; her efforts to learn the arts of the geisha; the impact of World War II; and her struggle to reinvent herself to win the man she loves.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. This book chronicles the fascinating life of Chiyo, who is sold to a geisha house, where she later becomes the star geisha, Sayuri. Excellent read and although not as good the movie was well worth seeing