tl;dr - What books do you think are invaluable to humanity? Specifically an ignorant, post-apocalyptic society? Hey all. Essentially, my WIP takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting, where much of the knowledge we have now has been lost over hundreds of years. Except for notable exceptions - very rare enclaves of high-tech, futuristic civilization - the "Old Age" as our own time has come to be called (otherwise TBD), has largely been mythisized by the rural, agrarian masses of the zeitgeist that have settled into a pre-industrial way of life centuries ago. So basically, for 99.999% of humanity, books are scarce or non-existent and what knowledge remains has been passed down and severely distored by generations of oral tradition and legends - "flying boats/carriages" as planes, the internet depicted as something similar to telepathy, etc. A brilliant and high-ranking scientist goes AWOL and leaves her native enclave (again, a bastion of industrialism and futuristic technology) for reasons too complicated to explain here, and ventures out into the "wastes", meanwhile anticipating the distant birth of her child (the MC). Being a ravenous learner and lover of knowledge, she resolves to smuggle a hand-full of books out (being a rarity in the mostly digital enclave society) as something of an heirloom for her child, and if nothing else, to be disseminated among the ignorant common-folk. I hope that made enough sense. My question for you guys, if you feel so inclined, is: what books do you think would be worthy of this? What texts would be invaluable for a culture that has largely been wiped clean by the tides of time, and is in far too many ways a Tabula Rasa? This extends to literature, philosophy, science, etc, etc, etc. One text I'm seriously considering is the Bible and maybe the Koran. Not because she's religious (if I do include it, she makes a point of telling the young MC that they're ancient stories - some people believe they're true, some don't. She doesn't take a stance) but because of the influence it's had on the world and the Old Age. Others? Perhaps an Atlas, map of the world/the US, medicine/biology book, the Constitution/Magna Carta, macro-economics, etc. Just to give a few loose examples. So yeah, I'd really appreciate any input, and I suppose it's a somewhat thought-provoking question if nothing else. Thanks in advance!