The Seven Storey Mountain, by Thomas Merton
“Even if you aren’t religious, there’s something about reading a spiritual autobiography that feeds the soul and realigns the senses. Whenever I pick up this book, it feels like I’m spending time with the smartest, funniest, and wisest Trappist monk who ever lived. The story of Merton’s religious awakening and conversion at age 23 feels as fresh today as it did in the year it was first published (1948). I don’t leave home without it—seriously!”
Recommended by Benjamin Anastas, the author of the novel An Underachiever’s Diary ($13, amazon.com) and the memoir Too Good to Be True ($25, amazon.com).
To buy: $16, amazon.com.