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WISE Bookshelf: The Iliad

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Inspiration comes from many avenues. In our WISE Bookshelf feature, members share some of the titles that have encouraged them to think outside of the box, try a new approach, dig down deep for the confidence they needed to make that big decision or simply allowed them a reprieve from the daily grind. Happy reading!


The Iliad

Author: Homer
Genre: Fiction, Classic Literature


I know it sounds like it comes from left field, but I think [my favorite book is] probably The Iliad. I studied classical art in college, [and] my father was very interested in ancient Greece. I went back and reread it recently. ... I just think there are a lot of things that The Iliad can teach us, and the same is true of history, no matter how ancient. The Iliad may not be real history, but it's a lyrical version of history, and I think we should always be aware of where we are in our own time. It's remarkable when you go back and read books from college or even books you read as a teenager. You get a real sense of how you've changed through the way you read a book and how it speaks to you.

Submitted by: Jean Afterman (as told to Amanda Mitchell) | NYC Metro| 2010 WISE Women of the Year Honoree, 15+ years experience

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