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How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen
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Nov 02, 2011

really liked it
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Read from November 02 to 03, 2011

Another book from a fellow-traveler to enjoy. I love to read books by people who love books, and especially by women who had the same experiences in childhood that I had. I think we all thought we were alone at the time, but how I delight in reading this: "Like so many of the other books I read, it never seemed to me like a book, but like a place I had lived in, had visited and would visit again, just as all the people in them, every blessed one . . . were more real than the real people I knew." It's always comforting to know that I'm not the only person who considered Laura and Anne and Betsy my best friends. :-) I liked this observation, too, and wonder how widespread it is among adult booknuts: "Perhaps only a truly discontented child can become as seduced by books as I was. Perhaps restlessness is a necessary corollary of devoted literacy." And this quote, that I read somewhere long ago, not having read the book before: "It turns out that when my younger self thought of taking wing, she wanted only to let her spirit soar. Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home."
Found it funny that Quindlen couldn't imagine anyone wanting to read on an electronic device. I liked that she refuted the usual "Oh, it's the death of books!" refrain. I hope she has a Kindle now and is very happy with it. LOL

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