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“Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande changed my life.

It gave me a new perspective on the aging process, my own, my mother’s and my mother-in-law’s. It gave me a new framework of asking questions about health care and the future.

Khaled Hosseini’s books — “The Kite Runner,” “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” and “And the Mountains Echoed” — had me in tears and with a new understanding of the people, perils and plight of Afghanistan.

As a child Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women,” which I read over and over and over, made me a book lover.

November is a good time to think about “books that changed my life” — having started with National Authors Day and Family Literacy Day.

Allison Hiltz of The Book Wheel said Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series got her into reviewing books. While Lia Riley, author of the “Off the Map” series, said that Gabaldon’s books helped her fall in love with romantic fiction, and not just reading it, but creating it. Gabaldon has also been popular at past Tucson Festivals of Books.

Many of us have books that changed our lives in small or significant ways.

Are you tossing unneeded items after reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo?

Have you been rethinking where you want to be and where you ought to be after reading “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho.

Did Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” inspire you? Do you have a dog named “Atticus” or “Scout”?

Were you affected by Suzanne Collins “Hunger Games” trilogy?

Tell us what book or books changed your life and why. We’ll post some comments on the blog and possibly in print.

Respond in the comment section of the online version of this story, on Facebook or email

Contact Ann Brown at or 573-4226. On Twitter@AnnattheStar

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"Surgeon Atul Gawande talks about his book "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End." Video from the Strand bookstore.

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