A question for you

I was asked to be interviewed for the 2015 Writers’ League of Texas Agents and Editors Conference, and one of the questions has really stumped me because there are so many factors to consider. I’ve thought a lot about it but still haven’t landed on my answer. I’m curious to know what your answer would be.

The question is: “If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?”

Favorite books from various genres started popping up in my mind, but then I thought more about what is really being asked. It’s not just a favorite book. You’re stranded, presumably forever, with no other books on the horizon. You’re by yourself with no other entertainment forthcoming. You have to consider things like which book will keep me most closely in touch with my humanity? Which book will provide a wide enough range of emotional touchstones to serve as my only human contact? Which book will be sufficiently long to keep my interest upon infinite rereading? Which book has enough depth to give me something different each time I read it? Which book could possibly contain the only words I will read for the rest of my life?

It’s a tougher question than it seems at first, isn’t it?

Contenders have been percolating for a few days, but I haven’t chosen my response yet. I’d love to hear what your answer would be and why.

8 Comments on A question for you

  1. Amy Moyer
    January 29, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    The Bible…action, sin, miracles, hope, love and the longest collection of poetry.

    • Jennifer
      January 29, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Good point. The Bible would give one a lot to think about!

  2. Alan Lish
    January 29, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Why, Tom Jones, of course!

  3. Katie
    January 29, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    I definitely agree with Amy’s suggestion, but I would also recommend “The Devil at my Heels”. It’s the autobiography of Louis Zamperini who’s life is depicted in Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken.” His story would provide a lifetime of encouragement and motivation to survive under even the most unimaginable circumstances.

    • Jennifer
      January 29, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      I didn’t know about his autobiography though I’ve read Unbroken. In addition to encouragement and motivation, it would probably provide some survival tips!

  4. Jenny Wier
    January 29, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    I think the one you choose should be the book you yearn to read when you are seeking comfort, whatever that one is for you. Like, it might be something wonderfully literary like Little Women, Pride and Prejudice or A Month of Sundays, or something inspirational. Or, it may be a good Maeve Binchy, which is what I reach for when I just want to feel that all is right with the world.

  5. Chris
    January 29, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Martha Stewart’s Home keeping Handbook. Being stranded on a deserted island would mean I would finally have time to read this tome!

  6. Jennifer
    January 29, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Ha! And your shack would be so pretty!


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