06/16/2010 04:23 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

'Books That Changed My World': Thousands Share Most Influential Books Over Twitter

I woke up thinking about Ron Hansen's majestic, mournful book "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford." The book had gotten into my head the way some songs do, repeating its rhythms and tones over and over. On a whim, I mentioned it on Twitter, added the searchable hashtag #booksthatchangedmyworld, and sat still for a moment.

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