The best book to take to a desert island? Surely it's on this list ...

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What book would you take to a desert island? The typical questionnaire question becomes most interesting when someone is asked the same. And of that, TED is full. The organization, which gives voice to some of the most striking ideas on the planet, has asked its speakers, and the answers cannot be more diverse: from a government survival manual - it really makes sense - to the last generational hit - Normal people, by Sally Rooney - going through countless essays on the most relevant gender, politics and race - how Death to the Normies: The cultural wars on the Internet that have led to the rise of Trump and the alt-right - .

But there is much more to the list: perfect books to love reading a child, science fiction classics, masterpieces of literature, autobiographies and even manuals that try to explain the world. Both the modern and the old, as with the striking On vulgar errors, in which the doctor Sir Thomas Browne, in the seventeenth century! collect and scientifically combat the false beliefs of the time, such as that storks only nest in the republics or that blacks are for a divine curse …

There are many other extraordinary titles: Letters to whom you intend to teach, by Paulo Freire, The Elementals, by Michael McDowell, Trap 22, by Joseph Heller … Whatever your interests, you will surely find your new favorite book in this list of 151 titles - some, in English - recommended by some of the brightest minds on the planet, and ordered by TED editors in a rather fun way … Judge for yourself!

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Perfect titles to take to the beach © Photo by Link Hoang on Unsplash

FOR WHEN YOU ARE HUNGRY OF TIPS AND IDEAS ON A VERY IMPORTANT THEME: YOU

The gift of the traveler, by Andy Andrews

The silent power: The secret force of the introverts, by Susan Cain

Tripping over happiness, by Daniel Gilbert

Loving what it is, by Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell

How to change your mind, by Michael Pollan

The four agreements: A practical guide for personal freedom, by Don Miguel Ruiz

A new land: an awakening to the purpose of his life, by Eckhart Tolle

Little beautiful things, by Cheryl Strayed

Shared Reality: What Makes Us Strong and Tears Us Apart, by E. Tory Higgins

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think and Do, by Jennifer Eberhardt

Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up, by Patricia Ryan Madson

Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool, by Emily Oster

FOR WHEN YOU ARE WILLING TO SPEND PERSONAL TIME TO BECOME YOUR BEST ME AT WORK

Letters to whom you intend to teach, by Paulo Freire

Dare to Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts, by Brené Brown

US Army Survival Manual: FM 21-76, US Department of Defense

The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation and Growth, by Amy Edmondson

Rebel Talent: Why it Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life, by Francesca Gino

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In case "becoming your best self" is what you are looking for on a desert island © Getty

WHEN YOU ARE WISHING TO SUBMIT IN ONE OF THOSE BOOKS YOU CANNOT STOP READING

City of Thieves, by David Benioff

The strength of one, by Bryce Courtenay

Two years at the foot of the mast, by Richard Henry Dana

The Mississippi Blues by Elmore Leonard

The Elementals by Michael McDowell

Lone Dove, by Larry McMurtry

Once Station by Emily St. John Mandel

In the court of the wolf and A queen on the stand, by Hilary Mantel

Under a scarlet sky, by Mark Sullivan

Apollo: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of One of Humankind's Greatest Achievements, by Charles Murray and Catherine Bly Cox

Furious hours, Murder, fraud, and the last trial of Harper Lee, by Casey Cep

Robert Gandt's Angels in the Sky: How a Band of Volunteer Airmen Saved the New State of Israel

The Changeling by Victor LaValle

Bad Habits: A Love Story, by Cristy C. Road

WHEN YOU LIKE TO READ ABOUT THE FAMILIES OF OTHER PEOPLE

The death of Bunny Munro, by Nick Cave

The island, by Victoria Hislop

Full stories, by Eudora Welty

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

To Doubter's Almanac, by Ethan Canin

The Affairs of the Falcons, by Melissa Rivero

Steven Rowley's The Editor

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The pleasure of not being able to stop reading © Getty

WHEN TO LAUGH WHILE YOU READ IS YOUR FAVORITE ACTIVITY

Trap 22 by Joseph Heller

Normal People, by Sally Rooney

Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss, by Rajeev Balasubramanyam

Calypso, by David Sedaris

WHEN YOU HAVE CURIOSITY ABOUT PEOPLE WHO CHANGED THE WORLD

Autobiography: history of my experiences with the truth, by Mahatma Gandhi

Muhammad: His life, based on the oldest sources, by Martin Lings

The long road to freedom, by Nelson Mandela

Malcolm X, an autobiography told by Alex Haley, of Malcolm X

FOR WHEN YOU WANT A LITTLE MORE BEAUTY AND POETRY IN YOUR LIFE

The light you can't see, by Anthony Doerr

Circe by Madeline Miller

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver by Mary Oliver

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow was Enuf: a choreopoem, by Ntozake Shange

A Book of Simple Living: Brief Notes from the Hills, by Ruskin Bond

FOR WHEN YOU HAVE MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EARTH AND ITS CREATURES

On vulgar errors or Epidemic Pseudodoxia, by Sir Thomas Browne

The story of the ancestor, by Richard Dawkins

The book of chemistry: From gunpowder to artificial enzymes, 250 milestones in the history of chemistry, by Derek B. Lowe

Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology by Lisa Margonelli

Figuring, by Maria Popova

Unnatural Selection, by Katrina van Grouw

Next Nature: Nature Changes Along with Us, by Koert van Mensvoort

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In case you like to laugh while reading © Getty

WHEN YOU NEED BOOKS YOU CAN ENJOY WITH YOUR CHILDREN

Arabian Nights

Children of blood and bone, by Tomi Adeyemi

Miss Runfio, by Barbara Cooney

My lime orange plant, by José Mauro de Vasconcelos

The magic cabin, by Norton Juster

The lesson of August, from RJ Palacio

Harry Potter series, by JK Rowling. Jim Dale or Stephen Fry audiobooks

The Swiss Robinson, by Johann David Wyss

Knots on a Counting Rope, by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault

LA Meyer's Bloody Jack series, audiobooks narrated by Katherine Kellgren

WHEN YOU LOOK FOR BOOKS ABOUT BEING A WOMAN

The ethics of care: a different voice, by Carol Gilligan

Enraged: Claiming the power of female anger, by Soraya Chemaly

Women's Ways of Knowing: The Development of Self, Voice, and Mind, by Mary Field Belenky, Blythe Mcvicker Clinchy, Nancy Rule Goldberger and Jill Mattuck Tarule

Lauren Smith Brody's The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity, and Success After Baby

WHEN YOU WANT TO EXPAND YOUR UNDERSTANDING ABOUT RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY

God is not good: Allegation against religion, by Christopher Hitchens

Lao-tse Tao Te King, by Lao Tzu

Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World's Largest Religion, by Rebecca McLaughlin

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WHEN YOU ARE WISHING TO BE CREATIVE

The way of the artist, by Julia Cameron

Dragon Warriors by Dave Morris and Oliver Johnson

Dear Photograph, by Taylor Jones

Design As An Attitude, by Alice Rawsthorn

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, by Twyla Tharp

Just Looking: Essays on Art by John Updike

FOR WHEN YOUR FANTASY OF A SUMMER VACATION IS A TRIP TO A WORLD OF SCIENCE FICTION

The problem of the three bodies, by Liu Cixin

The fifth station, by NK Jemisin

The left hand of darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin

The last and first humanity, of Olaf Stapledon

The novels of the newspapers of Matabot, by Martha Wells

Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler

Wild Seed by Octavia Butler

Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang

The Native Star and the rest of the MK Hobson series of American Veneficas

FOR WHEN YOU ARE PREPARED TO RETURN TO THE CLASSICS YOU NEVER READ TO READ

Jane Austen's complete novels by Jane Austen

The Decameron, by Giovanni Boccaccio

Middlemarch by George Eliot

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Narciso and Goldmundo, by Hermann Hesse

Homer's Odyssey

In search of lost time, Marcel Proust

Ana Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy

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Enter other worlds through books © Getty

WHEN YOU ASK HOW THE COMPANY HAS ARRIVED WHERE IT IS TODAY

The color of justice: the new racial segregation in the United States, by Michelle Alexander

Death to the Normies: The cultural wars on the Internet that have led to the rise of Trump and the alt-right, by Angela Nagle

The rebellion of the Atlas, by Ayn Rand

History of the trans. The roots of today's revolution, Susan Stryker

Ibm X. Kendi Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning by Jeremy Lent

People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy, by Robert McChesney and John Nichols

The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World, by Charles C. Mann

An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back, by Elisabeth Rosenthal

Astra Taylor's Democracy May Not Exist, But We'll Miss It When It's Gone

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, by Shoshanna Zuboff

WHEN YOU ASPIRATE TO CHANGE OUR COMPANY - AND THE WORLD - BETTER

Practical ethics, by Peter Singer

Gender: Your Guide, A Gender-Friendly Primer On What to Know, What to Say, and What to Do in the New Gender Culture, by Lee Airton

Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, by Adrienne Maree Brown

Dolly Chugh's The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken

AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order, by Kai-Fu Lee

Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform, by John Pfaff

WHEN BOOKS ARE YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO KNOW REAL PEOPLE AND LEARN ABOUT THEIR LIVES

My story, by Michelle Obama

On the move: A life, by Oliver Sacks

An autobiography, by Assata Shakur

White skin: a childhood in Africa, by Alexandra Fuller

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States, by Samantha Allen

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown

Becoming Ms Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women, by Susan Burton and Cari Lynn

Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir, by Kwame Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein

How to Fall in Love with Anyone: A Memoir in Essays, by Mandy Len Catron

To Mind Unraveled: To Memoir, by Kurt Eichenwald

Crushed, Book One: A Graphic Memoir, by Trinidad Escobar

Rise: A Photo Documentary of Hip-Hop in Australia, by Michelle Grace Hunder

Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line by Abby Johnson with Cindy Lambert

Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo

Heavy: An American Memoir, by Kiese Laymon

The Elephant Chaser's Daughter by Shilpa Raj

On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories, photographs by Mark Seliger

AND WHEN YOU ARE SIMPLY LOOKING FOR A GOOD RECIPE FROM COLINABO

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, by Mark Bittman