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Literary Castaway

Yesterday, I wrote about Pascal's favorite movie, Alexandre le Bienheureux. It seems that my husband likes every story where the man gets to be "left alone". Another favorite is the movie Cast Away. Pascal says that it's one of his lifelong dreams to live on a private, deserted island. One Frenchman's heaven is another Bon Bon Queen's hell. I prefer not to imagine going more than 24 hours without things like hot water, electricity, down comforters, refrigerators, and books. The closest I would ever want to come living the deserted-island lifestyle would be a role as Ginger, the movie star, in a Broadway production of Gilligan's Island: The Musical.

On Monday I mentioned Mama Gena's School of Womanly Arts: Using the Power of Pleasure to Have Your Way with the World. I said that it would be one of the ten books I would take with me if indeed I did have to go live on a deserted island. If I were packing for that fated trip today, here are a few other titles I'd take along:

Cork Boat: I love this inspiring true story of how John Pollack, a former Clinton speechwriter, pursued his childhood dream of building a boat made entirely of wine corks. It might inspire me to find a creative way to get off the island!

The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love: If I'm going to be stranded on a deserted island (wouldn't it be so much nicer to be stranded on a dessert-ed island?), I'll surely be in dire need of some laugh-out-loud comedy. Any book by Jill Conner Browne always does the trick.

Creating Money, Attracting Abundance: I'm a new-age kind of girl, and one of the most thought-provoking books that lives permanently on my nightstand is Creating Money; Attracting Abundance by Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer. Its about the Law of Attraction and abundant thinking. There is so much depth to this book, I've been studying it for years. Of course, I probably wouldn't need money on a deserted island, but the principles are universal and apply to just about everything. This duo has written other great books like Spiritual Growth: Being Your Higher Self and Living with Joy: Keys to Personal Power and Spiritual Transformation. Since they're all by the same authors, can three titles count as one?

War and Peace: I have yet to read this 1200-page classic "masterpiece" penned by Leo Tolstoy. I suppose I'd have plenty of time to do so on the island. As an added bonus, the book is so big it would come in handy as a footstool.

Gone with the Wind: Of course I have read this classic (required reading for every Southern Belle), but a deserted island might be a good place to re-visit the feisty character of Scarlett O’'Hara. With God as my witness, I'll never spend time on a deserted island again!

I've still got a few more titles before I hit my ten-book limit. And although I have no immediate plans for a retreat to a deserted island, I am looking for a few good titles to read. Any suggestions, dear readers?

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