Life-changing moments come in many forms. Sometimes a work of art in a museum has a transformative effect. A sunset can bring about epiphany. A great song says everything you've ever wanted to say to a loved one.
Books can have those kinds of influences on us as well, and bookseller Roxanne J. Coady and editor Joy Johannessen have queried a bunch of writers for their compilation (now out in paperback), The Book That Changed My Life: 71 Remarkable Writers Celebrate the Books That Matter Most to Them (Gotham Books, 197 pages, $11).