Now in paperback, a delightful collection of essays on the transformative power of reading In The Book That Changed My Life, our most admired writers, doctors, professors, religious leaders, politicians, chefs, and CEO s share the books that mean the most to them. For Doris Kearns Goodwin it was Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August, which inspired her to enter a field, history writing, traditionally reserved for men. For Jacques Pépin it was The Myth of Sisyphus, which taught him the importance of personal responsibility, dignity, and goodness in the midst of existentialist France. A testament to the life-altering importance of literature, this book inspires us to return to old favorites and seek out new treasures. All proceeds go to The Read to Grow Foundation, which partners with urban hospitals to provide books and literacy information to newborns and their families.
About the Author
Roxanne J. Coady is the founder of R.J. Julia Booksellers Ltd. and serves as its chief executive officer and president. The bookstore was created by Coady to be “a place of inspiration, information, and excitement.” She also founded an online retailer, JustTheRightBook.com, which is a personalized book of the month club. Lastly, she is the founder and chair of Read to Grow, an organization that works to improve early literacy for all Connecticut children.
Joy Johannessen is an editor who has worked at many publishing houses including Chelsea House, Grove Press, and Oxford University Press. Johannessen was a senior editor at HarperCollins Publishers, and the executive editor of Delphinium Books. Among the hundreds of writers she has worked with are Dorothy Allison, Michael Cunningham, and Ursula Le Guin, to name just a few. With Roxanne Coady, she is the coeditor of The Book That Changed My Life: 71 Remarkable Writers Celebrate the Books That Matter Most to Them.