One book from the list:
A River Runs Through It by Norman MacLean --Read more about Blehm's ten favorite books.
MacLean's writing goes right to my heart. I grew up reading Field & Stream, fishing in ponds, creeks, and lakes near my home in Valley Center, California, and trout fishing in the High Sierra, so that aspect of the story was an immediate pull. The character building, the setting, the way MacLean portrays fishing "like religion" just slapped me on the forehead. The book is one of the most touching, beautiful, and emotional reads available for anybody who has a passion and a family with "issues."