A great moment from this interview with Anne Lamott:
What book changed your life?
“A Wrinkle in Time” saved me because it so captured the grief and sense of isolation I felt as a child. I was 8 years old when it came out, in third grade, and I believed in it — in the plot, the people and the emotional truth of their experience. This place was never a good match for me, but the book greatly diminished my sense of isolation as great books have done ever since. I must have read it a dozen times.
Such a fantastic description of how a book can profoundly affect your life. I especially like that Lamott didn’t find a book that exactly reflected her experiences–it was the underlying emotion that struck her.
Make sure to check out the rest of the interview as well. I’d also recommend Lamott’s book about writing, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, which is a favorite.