James Gleick's Chaos (Viking, 1987) changed my life. Quite simply, I was on a path, and after reading it I was on a different one. I was a music journalist. When I came across Chaos, I had spent a lot of time and effort becoming a music journalist. The book is about chaos theory. It's about the disparate scientists who were working between the lines of different disciplines. It's about sensitive dependence on initial conditions. It's about how paths can change unexpectedly. Reading Chaos blew my head wide open. I was suddenly aware of so many other possibilities. I quit my job and went back to school. Now I teach college and write my own books. I still write about music, but now I write about a lot of other things. Also, after a few false starts with books that didn't stick, Chaos turned me into a reader. I starting reading it 20 years ago this month, and I haven't stopped reading since.