Liz Baldwin says:
This is too tempting to pass up, but I fear making my DIK list has exposed a nasty practical streak. I would pick:
Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl - Very basic so I won't have to waste a book choice on a tool-building book.
U.S. Army Survival Manual
Persuasion by Miss Austen (THE BEST EVER)
Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale - one of the first romance novels to just catapult me.
The Complete Works of Robert Frost
And a Blank Book so I might write. Otherwise, that way lies madness.
This does betray a very practical streak.
The hero who came to rescue a heroine with this set of books wouldn't know whether he was dealing with the
'find fresh water in the jungle inside bamboo stalks' woman
or the 'can that possibly be Fabio on the cover?' woman.
I loved KonTiki.
I have always rather doubted folks came from PreColumbian South America to settle the Pacific Islands, (or vice versa, for that matter,) but the chicken bones from 1300 -1400 BCE intrigue me. here. Oh, Yes.
It's all a lesson to me to be more open hearted and open minded.
Kinsale is wonderful, of course. Maybe I will reread me some from the Keeper Shelf when I am desperate on this next manuscript.