Bethanne Patrick is the editor of a new collection of essays in which notable public figures each describe how a book influenced them. It is a fun look at how reading can make a difference in every life and how a book may have an unexpected impact on someone.
“Today Show” meteorologist Al Roker selected The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes as a book that changed his life because “Holmes just did his own thing in his own time and everyone thought he was the most amazing person ever. Then, he proves he’s the most amazing person by figuring things out…!” The young Al learned the lesson that it was okay to be different from others and that in spite of being different each person has something to offer society as a whole.
Novelist Brad Meltzer explained how the comic book Justice League of America # 150 taught him that by working together people could accomplish things no single person could do alone. He also discovered “that each of us has the potential to do something great, that could change the world… It could just be about helping one person, being kind to one person. That’s the greatness that all of us can achieve.”
The collection contains essays by Alexander McCall Smith, Melissa Rivers, Kate Mulgrew, Tim Gunn, Nelson DeMille, Sofia Coppola, and R. L. Stine to name just a few. Perhaps, this book will be the one that changes your life!