My dad was a "Miracle Grow" junkie. This could have been me as a child--in our backyard one autumn--saying to myself: "Damn: how many pumpkin pies does a 762 lb. pumpkin yield?" And: "Damn you, Miracle.Grow.Daddy for your mutant squash experiments." ps: Love you, Dad.
The Complete Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Andersen was a Danish author and poet (1805-1875). Most known for his fairy tales, which delighted children everywhere, Andersen was a dedicated correspondent with other noted authors. While his fairy tales are usually categorized as children's literature, the beauty of the writing and the complexity of the stories make them, possibly, even more relevant for adults.