The list author says: "Each of these books in this very eclectic list has inspired, uplifted or moved me in in a profound way. I have been a different person after reading them. (This list is incomplete, and will be expanded.)"
"Helprin wrote these wonderful words years ago in anticipation of the milennium. It remains a fantastical, whimsical, brilliantly written and moving tale unlike anything else you will ever read. It is not, per se, a story of inspiration, but I include it because pieces of this book have remained with me and my soul for decades."
"John Matteson won a Pulitzer Prize for this exquisitely written and insightful biography of Bronson and Louisa May Alcott. Probing deeply into the Alcott's lives and psyches, it is worth reading just to enjoy how beautifully the author puts words together."
"Set on the edges of the holocaust, this uplifting book is about the journey of a pampered woman as she is thrust into a struggle for survival, and her transformation from weakness to strength...a page turner with many layers."
"This is a classic collection of science fiction stories by the master, Ray Bradbury. They aren't just absorbing and entertaining; they look into the human condition in a way that only science fiction can. Like all the other books on the list, this is included because it remained with me and somehow affected my soul."