The film plays on. A coquettish wind teases the branches of a sententious sycamore tree, convincing it to abandon the cover of its leaves. Vines climb through brick walls, daisies push through in cracks in the sidewalk. My own thoughts begin to nudge their way through the crowd, moving to the front of the room.
Reading, whether it be for the intentional acquisition of knowledge or simply for pleasure, opens our minds to windows to the past, glimpses of possible futures, fantasies, solutions and new ways of thought. Here are fifteen of my favorite books in a number of genres.