I'm re-reading the Auntie Mame books, and I hate to say it, but I agree with Camille Paglia (who usually annoys the bejaysus out of me), because in the blurb on the back of Auntie Mame she says that it's "one of the most important books in [her] life." I read Auntie Mame when I was about 15 and fell in love. And fifteen years later, I still think that Mame, with her excitement, her glamour, her sense of humour, her passionate hatred of bigotry, her love for the underdog and her enthusiasm for everything from socialism to the stage is a perfect role model for us all. The books are very smart, very humane and very, very funny. If you've never read them, I can't recommend them strongly enough.