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 Day 08 – A book everyone should read at least once

I think any of the books mentioned in the various "Best book ever/today/last 12 months/with pictures of frogs on the cover" questions should of course get some sort of vague mention here. So there they are, being vaguely mentioned. Go read them.

For some new suggestions I haven't already covered, here are some suggestions:

For non-fiction, The Art of Loving, by Erich Fromm. Despite what the name may sound like it's not a dodgy romantic self-help book, pick-up artist guide, or karma sutra copy. It's a look at a particular aspect of human nature that sits as a companion to Fromm's Escape from Freedom and Man for  Himself. Whilst some aspects of Fromm's world views are a bit off these days, the main ideas are interesting, and will probably make you a better person.

For fiction let's go with Mark Z Danielewski's Only Revolutions. It might possibly be a pretentious piece of wanky postmodernism, but it's an interesting and well designed piece of wanky postmodernism. It's also so thoroughly strange that it's hard to really describe all its unusual features in a concise manner, which is why you should go read it yourself.

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