The Broke and the Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday blog hop.
If I had but a backpack and three minutes to gather up my heart's gold, I'd grab my guitar, my newly adopted pooch CJ, a few trinkets of personal significance, and my top ten must-save books:
Kitten Nell by Dick Bruna. I've had this book my whole life, and my whole life has pretty much paralleled hers. A collector's item, but more of a talisman and a guide.
2. My high school copy of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. Apparently, I swiped it from school, as the library stamp's still on the front page. The cover has long since separated from its fellows and walked its own way, but my penciled margin notes add nostalgic value to this most gorgeous of literary coming-of-age novels.
3. Desiderata, an illustrated book of the classic Max Ehrmann poem given to me for high school graduation by my thoughtful godmother. Every line still rings true, and the spot-on taste-telling of her gesture still moves me.
4. Georgia O'Keeffe's letters, with panels from her show at the National Gallery from the 80's. To read the iconic American painter's most intimate correspondence with her friends is indeed inspiration enough for a lifetime. And then the paintings. Well, it just doesn't get any better than this.
5. A collectible edition of Salmon Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of Stories. One of my favorite books for young people, oft-recommended here, and also an allegory about freedom of speech.
6. Go, Dog, Go by Philip D. Eastman and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl. Both traveled with me from childhood as well. Clearly, sentiment will rule the flames.
7. My hefty edition of The Riverside Shakespeare from back in the day. A perfectly-chosen present from my high school boyfriend, and one I still refer to regularly, with relish and a warmly nostalgic smile. It's his birthday today, and I hope he knows how much this book and his goodness meant to me.
8. The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu, translation by Jane English, with apt black-and-white photos supporting poetic text in both English and lovely Chinese character calligraphy.
9. A quick armful of sheet music/tab books for guitar and vocals.
10. My very own fourth grade illustrated sci-fi novella, Miss Pickle in Outer Space. An early masterwork. How could I let it go?
p.s. I'll be hopping along, but I'd love to know your top-of-the-line single pick. What would you save, if you could save only only one?