Being Peace, by Thich Nhat Hanh
“My friend Jasna, who’s from Sarajevo, gave me this book long before we could imagine a war would arrive in Yugoslavia. I forgot about it, but books are medicine; they don’t do us any good if they aren’t the right prescription. And so, when war erupted back in 1991, this book literally fell from the shelf and taught me what I could do on behalf of my friend. It showed me that the way to work for peace is to be at peace.”
Recommended by Sandra Cisneros, the author of several novels, including The House on Mango Street ($11, amazon.com) and, most recently, Have You Seen Marie? ($21, amazon.com)
To buy: $15, amazon.com.