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Summer reading: Favorite books of Bill Clinton, Bill Gates...

If you are searching for something new to read this summer, here are a few book lists that may give you an idea or two.

Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, has asked thousands of people to list the books that have been the most influential in their lives.

Former president Bill Clinton, Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe, writer Malcolm Gladwell and many of others have made their “Book Prints” and you can as well at the Web site. More than 15,000 adults and kids have participated so far.

I’ll publish some of the lists over the summer, and, here, you can see a list of the books most often cited by the people who have participated so far. The site, which launched last October, also includes information on every book selected.

Participants were asked to list the books that shaped their lives.

Here is Bill Clinton’s list, in no particular order

*Meditations, Marcus Aurelius

*Macbeth, William Shakespeare

*The Invisible Man, Ralph Emerson

*The Denial of Death, Ernest Becker

*The Imitation of Christ, Thomas A. Kempis

*War Chief of the Seminoles, May McNeer

*Joseph, Chief of the Nez Perce, Dean Pollock

*The Evolution of Civilizations, Carroll Quigley

*The Vocation Lectures, Max Weber

*Non Zero — The Logic of Human Destiny, Robert Wright

*The Bible

Here is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s list:

*The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

*The Clan of the Cave Bear, Jean M. Auel

*The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan

*The Return of the Prodigal Son, Henri J.M. Noumen

*West With the Night, Beryl Markham

*The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

*Wild Swans, Jung Chang

*The Color Purple, Alice Walker

*The Bible

*Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Here is Bill Gates’s list:

*The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

*A Separate Peace, John Knowles

*Creating the Twentieth Century, Vaclav Smil

*Mountains Beyond Mountains, Tracy Kidder

*Energy Transitions, Vaclav Smil

*The Rational Optimist, Matt Ridley

*Showing Up for Life, Bill Gates Sr.

*Lectures on Physics, Richard Phillips Feynman

*The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

*Vaccine, Arthur Allen

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Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.


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