When we’re chronically ill, life can seem gray and bleak. We can’t help but feel there’s no meaning to our lives.
That’s when I turn to books. Books take you places. They help you grapple with the larger questions of life. They’re a friend when you’re lonely.
Here’s a list of books that explore questions about the meaning of our lives. Feel free to add more in the comments. Oh—and if you click through and buy one, Amazon pays me a nickel!
Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl
Back When We Were Grownups, Anne Tyler
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener, Martin Gardner
The Art of Happiness, The Dalai Lama
Our Mathematical Universe, Max Tegmark
Finding Meaning, David Kessler
Ishmael: a Novel, Daniel Quinn
A Little Life, Hanya Yanigahara
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, Jose Saramago
The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
Be Still and Get Going, Alan Lew
Special thanks to my friends who helped me build this list.