Dear Friends
Here are some books and magazines I recommend.
Please share your favorite books in the comments
…for us all to enjoy.
love, yoko



On my travels, I read the local paper from where I wake up – plus International Herald Tribune, If I can get it.

In New York City, where I live, I get all the local papers plus Financial Times.


Among the magazines I currently enjoy are:



Books I have read recently, that I strongly recommend for you:

The Women
Hilton Als

This is an incrediblly powerful book. Once I started reading it, I had to go on reading until dawn. The author is so much in pain, his pain virtually gets under your skin as you read. For a know it all, I have surprised myself for having learnt so much from this book about us women. It was a humbling experience.

Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World
Mark Williams, Danny Penman and Jon Kabat-Zinn

Windfall – Booming Business of Global Warming
McKenzie Funk

Jonathan Cott - Days That I'll Remember: Spending Time with John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Days That I’ll Remember: Spending Time with John Lennon and Yoko Ono
by Jonathan Cott

Jonathan Cott is somebody we all know in our circle to be a quiet genius. Rollilng Stone asked him to interview us a few times. This book is a collection of those interviews. Nothing more. Reading it, I thought “Wow, we weren’t bad at all.” Because most writers wanted to sensationalize us, thinking that if they didn’t do that, it might be boring – and nobody would buy the book! So their ‘interviews’ usually came out nothing like what we were like.

I have never recommended any books about John and Yoko. But this book made me choke up. I heard John in my ears and felt him in my heart. This is a good book for Lennon fans. And I.. Well, I come out as the second banana (okay, okay!)

You will get an inkling of two people in love, sometimes making daring remarks, yet not forgetting to protect each other in the interviews.. In fact, this is really the way we were, folks! Have a good read. yoko

Skinny Bitch

Skinny Bitch
by Kim Barnouin & Rory Freedman

This and IN DEFENSE OF FOOD by Michael Pollan are two great books for you to understand how to care about what you are eating and why.

Authors’ website

Healing Visualizations: Creating Health Through Imagery by Gerald Epstein M.D.

Healing Visualizations: Creating Health Through Imagery
by Gerald Epstein M.D.

Using the power of IMAGINE, you can improve your health and the heath of others using Creative Visualisation. This is a book that gives you the practical usage of IMAGINING. It gives you titles like this: Depression, Diabetes, Dizziness, Fear, Ending a relationship… I am just putting them without any order, but you see that it will be so good if you can cure those symptoms without chemical drugs and/or an operation.

When I read what he claims you can do to fix a cataract without any operation, I was flabbergasted. At the same time, I really wished that I could have given the information to a friend of mine who recently went through a cataract operation. It’s incredible!

The Carbon Age: How Life's Core Element Has Become Civilization's Greatest Threat by Eric Roston

The Carbon Age: How Life’s Core Element Has Become Civilization’s Greatest Threat
by Eric Roston

A very well researched biography of Carbon and humanity that will help you appreciate everything from the Big Bang to the Industrial Revolution to Global Warming and make you want to help save the Earth. It’s easy to read and makes you gain so much knowledge that we will need for the New Age.

The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources by Michael T. Klare

The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources
by Michael T. Klare

As Earth’s ever-decreasing non-renewable resources diminish, we must alter our consumption patterns or we will all end up with nothing. This book shows us where we are currently standing and the unfortunate reality we don’t want to face. Reading this book will make you not only face the horrors of reality but will make you feel that you want to work to make a good future.

Plundering Appalachia: The Tragedy of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
by Tom Butler & Doug Tompkins

Once our valleys were green … now they look like the bomb-destroyed cities we created in Iraq. Buy this book and see what is quietly being done to middle America because of a few people’s greed.

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
by Neil Postman

We are indeed amusing ourselves to death. This started when Marshall McLuhan stated that the medium was the message. I said right away that the message was the medium. But, alas, my voice was maybe not loud enough, and/or the medium without a serious message is much more amusing to people. So the entertainers became the gods of the people, who screamed: “Keep entertaining us! We want to die being entertained!” The kings of the world wished the same, and they let their countries fall while they were entertained. This is the only book in this list that was published way back in the 1960s. I hope you can get it.

Classified Woman
by Sibel Edmonds

A tell-all book by a former FBI translator. A must-read. It’s frightening that this is the reality.

MAO – The Unknown Story

by Jung Chang & Jon Halliday

India – A Portrait
by Patrick French

What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite

by David DiSalvo

Journey of Souls – Case Studies of Life Between Lives

by Michael Newton Ph.D.

Violence – Six Sideways Reflections

by Slavoj Žižek

The Warmth of the Heart Prevents Your Body from Rusting – Ageing Without Growing Old

by Marie de Hennezel

The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui

by Bertold Brecht

A First-Rate MADNESS

Uncovering the Links between Leadership and Mental Illness
by Nassir Ghaemi

At first this book first gives you a “reader’s digest” version of how the world leaders really were. That’s interesting enough. But it goes on to show you how the brain works when a person is depressed, and how to overcome it. It is fascinating and full of important information. I kept reading thinking “great to know the other side of our leaders we didn’t know.” But then, in the end, there is a surprise! It shows the current scientific findings of the link between depression and empathy, we knew only as a moral and idealistic trait. Now it seems they found a point of brain that corresponds to empathy, scientifically, which is connected to depression, its cause, and also as its cure.



Why He Died and Why It Matters
By James W. Douglass

I was crying reading the secret letter exchange Kruschev and John Kennedy quite extensively. Together, they thought they could create World Peace. They almost did, just before Kennedy was assassinated. If you want to read all the correspondence between those two, there is a separate 200 page book of it. This book only mentions a few. But it gives the picture of John Kennedy we didn’t know.


by David Christopher Naylor Swanson

Showing the effective campaign the activists made in the 1920’s by discovering that War was illegal. Did we know that? I didn’t.


The Hidden Connection Between Mad Cow and Misdiagnosed Alzheimer’s Disease
By Colm A. Kelleher, Ph. D.


The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water
By Maude Barlow & Tony Clarke


Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility
By Ellen J. Langer


by Wendy Murphy

They might get angry with me for recommending this one. That’s how amazingly courageous the author is. Wendy is a professor at the New England School of Law in Boston. Served as a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School as a former Massachusetts Prosecutor who specialized in child abuse and sex crimes. She certainly does not aspire to climb the ladder of worldly success – such as to become a supreme court judge one day, since she dares to name all the judges in this book who have wronged in their profession. I got a little scared recommending this book myself. But her fight for mandatory sentencing laws for child sex offenders has been very successful in all fifty States in United States. It also gives credit to the American public which truly care for the issue. And why the blurbs all call her Wendy, instead of Ms. Murphy? Maybe she is fortunate to be a woman so they all want to call her by her first name!


by Michael Pollan

It’s actually a book you have to read before OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA, by the same author. This book was the beginning of Michel Pollan’s revolution. A must read.


by John Perkins

John Perkins has surpassed his enormous best seller CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HITMAN (which I’m sure you have read already) with THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE. You need to read this one, too. If you are too busy, read the prologue and and the last chapter, TODAY IS THE DAY before you read the rest.

The True Story of the Bilderberg Group
by Daniel Estulin

Read this if you want to know about a very powerful group that includes many of the presidents of very powerful countries, and is working to turn the planet into one country. They are systematically trying to make people dumb and poor – letting one group control them all.


Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis
by Christopher Cook

The Ancient Art of Self-Healing
by Yogi Bhajan and Siri Amir Singh Khalsa

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual
by Michael Pollan

by Alice Walker

by Masanobu Fukoka

by Mark Hyman and Mark Liponis

by Sally Beare

I am 77 years old and feeling better than ever. This book has proved to me that longevity has everything to do with one’s state of mind. I just make sure to release all my anger and resentment whenever it hits me, and take a walk. I also dance in my mind to keep myself in good health. Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life. The best advice is to do three things a day to make somebody happy. Do that for three months, and your life will be totally changed. These 77 years are just a prelude to my life!

by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

This is a very important book. It is the only book about oppression of WOMEN in Asia and Africa, so far that I have read, that gives the work of women turning the oppression into opportunity for them to create economic independence for them and for all women of the region.  Every book on the same subject I’ve read just described the horrors. But this is about the women fighting back successfully without bloodshed!

The title, taken from a Chinese proverb, says it all: “Women hold up half the sky.” This book is different from others about gender oppression: It illustrates how women in Africa and Asia are leading a courageous, strong crusade. It is a story of empowerment. We can learn from their wisdom. This book takes a sad song and makes it better, so to speak.

by Hans Fallada

This is fiction, but it impressed the hell out of me even though I very rarely have time to read fiction these days. It is the New York Times book review “Notable Book of The Year,” as well. It gives the account of Germans who fought Nazism and were killed or put in jail for life by Nazis for it. A German citizen is killed just for dropping cards all over the city writing his objection of Hitler’s policies. His wife was also sentenced to death, and was in jail indefinitely.

Detox your World
by Shazzie


by Louise Hay

I recently shared this book with my daughter. Now we both read the affirmations daily. Love your body to make it happy and healthy and whole! Here’s an example of how easy it is to practice these ideas: I love to put my feet up at the end of the day and watch them looking kinda good. In my mind I say to them: “Thank you for taking me around for so many years to so many places—with happy steps. You’re the best!”

This is a very practical book. Every page just lists a part of your body and one or two lines of blessings you can repeat. Repeat out loud. When you need it quickly – like you had a rough night,  your kidney is hurting,  your liver is feeling heavy but you have to go into the subway/the tube as soon as you can –  go to the pages in Louise Hay and just bless your liver and kidney before your morning starts. Isn’t that great? Don’t feel guilty if you forget to do it! I forget, too, you know. But my liver and kidney seem to understand me by now, that I do care about them.

Author’s website

by Daniel J. Levitin

This is a fascinating exploration of the relationship between music and the mind. Since our planet essentially moves to music, you might want to get to know a few things about music and its history.

by Michael Pollan

by Eric Schlosser

I have shared “Fast Food Nation” and “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” with everyone. Once you read them, you will never look at food in the same way. I believe that our food supply is not just a national issue – it is a global concern, and we should all be working together on this. I once heard that if every person in China jumped at the same time, the axis of the globe would shift. Well, we can shift the axis of this world by stopping the consumption of mass-produced food and focusing on organic and locally grown produce so we can all live longer, healthier lives while improving this beautiful planet we live on.

If this book doesn’t make you eat better, I don’t know what will. By changing from consuming chemically ridden mass-produced food to eating locally grown organic food, we can give ourselves a longer and healthier life.

by Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter

Believe it or not, human trafficking happens here in the United States. It’s a disturbing phenomenon. Bales and Soodalter’s riveting account of modern-day slavery is a call to action. We can stop this crime. We must.

by Otto Friedrich

Friedrich’s detailed book will show you how the most incredible culture of the 20th century was destroyed and lost by racism. Let’s hope we won’t do this again.

by Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler

This was first printed in 1935. It was reprinted in 2003.
(read some here)

by Teruo Higa

(translated into English)

by Walter Lowenfels

This title alone gets you in your stomach! I listed because of that. But the book was published in 1973. I just got it from a friend. I don’t think it’s sold anymore.

HOW WE MAKE DECISIONS – Your Brain Is (Almost) Perfect
by Read Montague.

by Lao Tzu

The Mystic Wisdom of Ancient China

by John Perkins

This book gives you a true picture of American world politics that we have not been told. While at consulting firm Chas T. Main, Perkins claims to have worked as an “economic hit man,” cheating developing nations out of trillions by convincing their leaders to accept development loans that ultimately turned into massive debts.

It took a lot of courage to write this book because the author, an economic strategist, reveals that he was involved in swindling countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. He is a very brave individual who has stood up to share the truth; my late husband, John, would have liked that.

Author’s website

by Masaru Emoto

The mysteries of water.

Author’s website

by Shakti Gawain

Author’s website

by Raj Patel

Author’s website

by Norman Doidge MD

I travel a lot, so when I arrive in a city, I like to go to good local bookshops and make a selection based on how I’m feeling and what I’m thinking. The book I pick usually seems to have a definite karmic connection! For instance, I recently hurt my knee because I fell on the street. But it didn’t upset me, since the fall came just after reading this book, which is about rewiring our brains to heal ourselves. I started walking, and it wasn’t difficult. Words are power. And a book is full of words. Be careful what power you get from it. But know that you do.

This is a book that everybody should read. It’s an eye opener. Giving many examples of the fact that our brain has plasticity, which most doctors don’t know. In fact, all doctors, at this point, are localizationists. When your brain is damaged, another part of the brain rewires itself and takes over the same function, making it possible for you to resume normalcy in your life. It is nothing short of miraculous. Get it!

Author’s website

by Kevin Bales

Google link

by Deepak Chopra M.D.

For your body and mind. I recommend all books by the same author.

Author’s website


by Miguel Ruiz

The four agreements are these:

Be impeccable with your word.
Don’t take anything personally.
Don’t make assumptions.
Always do your best.

It’s the how and why one should do these things that make The Four Agreements worth reading and remembering.

Author’s website


by Mother Teresa


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192 Responses to Book recommendations by Yoko Ono

  1. CRISTIANA says:

    “Come be my Light”…What a wonderful mirror for every human being, in Peace and for Love…;)

  2. Marie Halan says:

    I’m reading Raquel Levinstein’s “En busca del ayer perdido” (in search of a lost yesterday). It’s about we all have traumas from our childhood and how to overcome them, otherwise the child inside us will keep on crying.

    It’s on spanish.
    The four agreements (Los cuatro acuerdos) is also a great book!…

    I need to read the others…

    Love you!

  3. Rod crundwell says:

    I just finished ‘this is your brain on music’….. Fantastic. Great reading list too

  4. Thanks for the great list!

  5. threspa says:

    I will add another Michael Pollan book, The Botany of Desire, a fascinating look at the evolution of four very important plants for mankind and how mankind has forwarded that evolution.
    And John Pilger’s The Secret Country which I think is out of print but I’ve found a used copy on Amazon. I recommend anything by Pilger but this was especially interesting to me because I know so little about Australia, their politics, culture and how the US has also interferred with their government.

  6. Rodina Sarah says:

    I read books that speak to me. When I began to be interested in having a spiritual life, I began reading all of Paulo Coehlo’s books. “The Alchemist,” “Brida,” “The Witch of Portobello,” “Eleven Minutes,” “Zahir,” “The Pilgrimage.” ALL of them are amazing and truly speak to each person in a different way. You can’t go wrong with any of his books.

    With Love,
    Rdina Sarah

  7. Jude says:

    I loved Dear John and The Noteboook.

  8. Star says:

    My fave book is: ‘Living With honour’ a pagan ethics By Emma Restall Orr.

    ‘Kissing the hag’ (the darker sides of womens nature) By Emma Restall Orr.

    I love all Emma Restall Orr’s books she is the most inspiring philosopher, environmentalist, poet & teacher & speaker I have ever come across.

  9. I just read “War is a Racket”. I saw it some years back, only in part, and had always wanted to read it more fully. It is spot on. Nothing has changed.
    Thank-you so much for getting it back into my consciousness.
    I still read Tortilla Flat….John Steinbeck, and, yes, anything by Mark Twain.

  10. Karen says:

    The Prophet Kahlil Gibron
    The Tao of Pooh Benjamin Hoff
    Peace in Every Step Thich Nhat Hahn
    New Earth Eckart Tolle
    so many others but these are four that have brought me peace in many ways

  11. My taste in literature is eclectic – so much to read! Please try:

    “The View From Castle Rock” – Alice Munro’s interesting, funny take on her family’s emigration from Scotland to Canada.

    “Anil’s Ghost” – while reading Anil’s journey to her homeland of Sri Lanka, I could hear author Michael Ondaatje’s wonderful, rich voice reading the book to me.

    “An Island to Oneself” – I keep recommending this one for a great snowy day read. Tom Neale, a Kiwi, lives alone on a desert island for six years in the 1960s. Visit the websites devoted to photos of his island. You’ll want to go there, too.

    “No Great Mischief” – Alistair MacLeod. MacLeod’s only novel is set in Toronto and Cape Breton. Anyone with a difficult sibling (so that’s all of us, right?) will identify with this beautifully written book.

    “A Prayer for Owen Meany” – if you haven’t read John Irving’s novel about best friends and destiny, this is for you. Then, give it to your best friend.

  12. Jill says:

    I loved Angela’s Ashes as well. Interesting note is that his brother is alive in NY. The author titled his books backwards- in other words, his second book should be called Angela’s Ashes. I am also amazed that you put the Bilderburg group on here. I have heard of them from conspiracy shows and it is interesting who belongs to this group and how much control they have over the world! Great listing!

    Thanks Yoko

  13. alejandra says:

    Yoko, Miguel Ruiz’s book has changed my life… thank you so much for recommending it.
    My mom and myself wish you a nice day.

    Greetings from Mexico

  14. Stephen T Mock says:

    Venus on a Half-Shell By Killore Trout You should read this it’s the best Science fiction book ever written “HANDS DOWN”. Have you ever read it ?

  15. Mary Anne says:

    “The Power Of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. As an artist I find my mind all over this world and the astral, I’m certainly a creative traveler. But I found this book “The Power Of Now” very helpful and grounding. NOW is here.

  16. Indra Jao says:

    An unbelievable story:
    “Lost Years” by Margarete G. Mueller
    B0049H9ES4 (Kindle version)
    ISBN 978-1926650036
    A long journey from childhood in East Prussia, to the years in Russian prison camps, and a new beginning in Canada. A remarkable story of insight, courage, inspiration, love and forgiveness.

  17. Hello Yoko-san. Your recommendation book& magazine list benefits me. Thank you very is a pitty I cannot read English so well ,however I thought I have to have more wide interest. Yoko-san and John’s words and music have been my hope, and lighting the way. Thanks a lot!
    By the way I am interesting in Bakumatsu history of Japan.I respect also Ryoma Sakamoto as the people moved peaceful revolution in Japan. Now we can read many books at Kindai desital archive of Kokkai Toshokan(National diet Library). If you have interest, if you don’t mind , please read ISHIN-TOSAKINNOSHI,etc. I am sorry if I do too much,as a thanks reply. Yoko in Kamakura (photographer)

  18. cyndy says:

    I loved Patti Smith’s “Just Kids”, her and Robert Mapplethorpe’s early life in New York…really great

  19. BIA says:

    Hi Yoko!

    I love books, I have several of you and John, I read all. I dream about even read a book written by you about your love story with John, the book The Ballad of John and Yoko was really beautiful but I think if you still write one will be awesome, I’ll be the first to read. Your great list, I found perfection. Every day I come here to see you virtually. I love you, you are to me as sacred. Thank you for making our world better and happier days.
    Peace and love forever.




  20. Lina says:

    Thanks, Yoko!
    Very interesting choches. Have read some.

    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is my favorite. I love all his writing, he is cool to the young and insightful to the matute.
    Thanks foro sharing. I am inspired by your life.

  21. uya says:

    but for real,this world is totally crossedover…sorry for its corny,but yes.
    kids in south east asia,and whole across the world must be protected but i see my neibours are just
    thinking bout their own one not the other countries.
    but thing is what i have been told is this:
    Mind your own business,sort it out otherwise be a exodus.
    i am in the middle of nowhere…

  22. uya says:

    my sentiment exactly.

  23. Jean says:

    Thank you very much for publishing this on your site. I would like to recommend “What the Body Remembers by Canadian/American author Shawna Singh Baldwin. It is the story of 2 women in pre-Partition India. It can help our bodies remember what it was like to be a woman and reminds us to change our own attitudes to change our lives.

    I am now in my fifties and your example, Yoko, have helped shaped my attitude to become a better woman. Thank you for sharing.

  24. freed says:

    A book that will delight you, dear Yoko, if you did not read it before:
    ZERO LIMITS, by Joe Vitale. About the Hawaiian healing method Ho’oponopono by Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len.
    The message is consequential beyond anything else. Reality is created with our own thoughts. The other is ME. Healing takes place in myself, the other is just the mirror of my own unhealed self. With convincing practical examples for a transformed world.

  25. Thank you for sharing your recommendations! I truly believe that “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” should be mandatory reading for all. It is the reason that we now raise most of our own food, we are very blessed to have this opportunity.

  26. kim says:

    “The Courage To Heal” by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis. This book changed my life.

  27. Rita says:

    And…a beautiful, beautiful book which portraited dearest George in an unique way:
    Here Comes The Sun (The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison) by Joshua M. Greene

  28. Rita says:

    My recommendations are:
    Las venas abiertas de América Latina (Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of Pillage of a Continent) by Eduardo Galeano (and all his amazing books)
    Le monde seoul Monsanto (The World According to Monsanto) by Marie-Monique Robin.
    The Vortex by Abraham-Hicks (and all their books)

    Magazines: Z Magazine (you can find articles by many well known intellectuals like Noam Chomsky)

  29. Alejandro Ezquerro says:

    The Misionary Position – Christopher Hitchens

    Why People Believe Weird Things – Michael Shermer

    How the Mind Works – Steven Pinker

    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

    100 Años de Soledad – Gabriel García Márquez

  30. Elizabeth says:

    Here are some of my favorites:

    – A Language Older Than Words

    -The Art Spirit

    -Dogs (not about dogs, but a young woman), by Abigail Dewitt

  31. mary keating says:

    anything by Pema Chodron usually chills out my mad head, love books on healing, lightworking, buddhism, authors Dalai Lama, Andrew Harvey, Eric Pearl,kaballah anything but especially mystical aka Dion Fortune, Sukyo Mahikari publications, all great and very grounding, love books, bit of a biblio, hoard them until the mse or my cats go to sleep…

  32. mary says:

    I got some good ideas for future reading from this list. I have considered reading the economic hitman book before but I think it would anger me greatly!

    I would recommend The Translator by Daoud Hari

  33. magzie01950 says:

    I have read several of the books on your reading list. Mostly on the food we eat and how it arrives at our tables. I am currently reading “The Book of Miracles” It is a very different book for me to read and has a work assignment every day. Good practice to clear the mind of all it’s junk.

  34. Kaori.S says:

    Hello, Yokoさん!

    I love reading!! I recommend “THE UNIVERSE IN A SINGLE ATOM” written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It is written about how science and spirituality can serve our world. I love this book so much!!

    Thank you. Love, Kaori

  35. Myf Rhodes says:

    I love To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee… Also The Stand by Stephen King… For magazines I love National Geographic

  36. Pamela says:

    great choices, yoko!

    here are some of my faves:

    Griffen and Sabine (Nick Bantock)-the whole series

    if you’re Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow (Cooper Edens)

    The Last Temptation of Christ (Nikos Katzanzakis)

    Francis, The Journey and the Dream (Murray Bodo, OFM)

  37. Emma says:

    Thanks for this list Yoko. I have just started reading ’50 secrets of the world’s longest living people.’ I’m currently recovering from pneumonia (a week in hospital, and a week at home.) I never get sick, but this pneumonia really hit me for six and has made me totally re evaluate the way I live. This book recommendation was just what I was looking for. Thank you Yoko.

    My favourite book as a teenager was ‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury. I still have a copy but haven’t read it for ages.

    The best book I read last year was ‘Alone in Berlin’ by Hans Fallada. Set in Nazi Germany, it is a gripping study of a paranoid society. I recommend.


  38. rajat says:

    This is an amazing list of books. My favorite books are-
    The Alchemist by paulo coelho
    Like the flowing river by paulo
    2 states by chetan bhagat
    Ben hur
    The Select
    Flirting with Pete
    I like the style of “John Lennon in his own write” too!

  39. taw nima says:

    thanks Yoko…love and peace……….

  40. Bluejay Young says:

    Paul Collins: Not Even Wrong, Adventures in Autism

    Greer Ilene Gilman: Moonwise. Also Cloud & Ashes

    Howard Zinn: People’s History of the U.S.

    Mari Sandoz: Crazy Horse, Strange Man of the Lakotah

    Walter Cronkite: A Reporter’s Life

    Pamela Dean: The Secret Country Trilogy

    My favorite book by you: Grapefruit

    My favorite book by John: Skywriting

  41. faith riley says:

    Such an amazing list of books. Really significant and thought worth. Thank you for this. I know some of them and intend to read and reread all. I know this will take time but I know it will be time well spent. I follow your messages and love your Q & A. You are a blessing. Faith

  42. Heather S. says:

    The book that popped into my head immediately was To Kill a Mockingbird. I first read it when I was about ten or eleven andthe request of ky mother; it had a profound and lasting effect on me. It made me think — really so — about humanity, and how everyone — even bigots (perhaps more) — need our compassion. It’s still a wholly-relevant book today. And, as Harper Lee said when asked to comment on its anniversary edition, “still says all it needs to say.” I still cry when I read it, and, in the movie, when Calpurnia says to Scout, who has watched the trial. “Stand up. Your father’s passing.” Next book? Huckleberry Finn, read on my own when I was 11 or 12. Summertime. Had the same effect.

    • Heather S. says:

      Please ignore the typos. Should be and [space] the / my mother. Left the comment with my thumbs and an iPhone. 😀

  43. JoAn Hockennberry says:

    Good choices. I’m really intriqued to read “Love Your Body”, and “The Brain that Changes Itself” I love books. I worked in a library for nearly twelve years. Someday I might be tempted to get a Kindle, but I like old books too. One of my favorite authors is Henry David Thoreau. My suggestion is “Walden: or Life in the Woods” it relates so much to what is still relevant, our inner struggles, and man -vs-nature. It’s therapeutic, as well as inciteful.

  44. cassie says:


    Good selection. I must one to each category though:
    Magazine – foreign affairs magazine. This is published by the council on foreign affairs (a think tank). If u want to know about the world, how it effects us and the future of international relations, read it!

    Book – Democracy Matters by Cornel West. Great book.
    – The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus. Discusses the fascination with, and romanticized view on suicide and why it is never the only decision left to anyone, and how to get thru ur thoughts of it. An awesome philosophy in the book.

  45. Many thanks.It is only a very beautiful book.
    from tokyo japan

  46. Régulo Tortolero says:

    Thank you for share these interesting titles with us!
    I recommend ”Animal Farm” and ”1984” by George Orwell.

  47. Mari says:

    Yoko San, thank you very much for your great recommendation!
    I’ll be inspired by them 🙂
    I recommend Even Happier
    :A Gratitude Journal for Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment by Tal Ben-Shahar.

  48. slimmammal says:

    Wow, what an amazing list!

    Some of the books that have had big impact on me are:
    •Zen Flesh, Zen Bones – Paul Reps
    •Graceful Exits: How Great Beings Die: Death Stories Of Tibetan, Hindu And Zen Masters – Shushila Blackman
    •Women Who Run with the Wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    •Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things – William McDonough & Michael Braungart
    •The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy (fiction)

  49. Nate says:

    For a book that inspires, entertains, educates and empowers I recommend Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. It will not disappoint.

  50. Hi,

    I do so love books 🙂 I love your list and thank you for taking the time to make it as i’m sure it took a lot.

    My absolute favorite book is Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. It’s a Canadian Classic… I’ve had it with me since i first read it at age 12 and treasure it more each day. It’s a part of me, a huge part and very loved around the world.

    I hope you get the chance to read it sometime.

    Denise of Ingleside, PEI

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