Okay, I have finally narrowed my list down to the following five:
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath-I love Plath's poetry. And her prose writing is just as good. She was the first poet I discovered in high school. It was "Mirror" that touched me and I have been a fan ever since. I can relate to her struggles. Her depression, her suicide attempts. She was smart and brilliant and literary and while I will not go so far as to say I am brilliant, I am literary and very intelligent.
The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler-Theatre is my life. Eve Ensler is one of my heroes. She has used made this play into a vehicle for raising money and awareness with her ultimate goal being to stop violence against women and girls. I directed and produced this in college as part of the VDAY college campaign and that's when I realized that I could use my art to help people. And that is what my best friend and I have been doing ever since we started our theatre company. We donate proceeds from each show to SafeHaven of Tarrant County and right now we are working on a piece about the Juarez murders and will donate our proceeds to an organization that we are working with that is based in Juarez.
I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles-I love reading biographies and fictionalized biographical accounts of strong women. Elizabeth I is another one of my heroes. She was a strong and amazing woman. And I love how well the author fleshed out her life and gave her a voice. I could almost believe that I was reading Elizabeth's own words.
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block-She is one of my favorite authors and I can relate alot to Weetzie Bat. She is quirky and fun. The writing is lyrical and magical. And they eat wonderfully creative and fresh foods. All of that is me.
Le Petit Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery-This is one of the best books ever! I love France. I love the language. I love the people. I lived there for a bit. I miss it. I harbor a little French girl somewhere inside. And the story is amazing. I love the little drawings and the way the prince speaks about grownups. I still don't feel like a grownup and I have made some of the same observations he makes about them. And the book is available in English.
So there is my list. ;)