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This is one of those books that came to me at exactly the time when I needed it. It is encouraging, vulnerable, and full of compassion for both the writer and the reader. Initially, I was unsure I would enjoy a hybrid memoir/self-help book, but Odom
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Chris Cleave
“Isn't it sad, growing up? You start off like my Charlie. You start off thinking you can kill all the baddies and save the world. Then you get a little bit older, maybe Little Bee's age, and you realize that some of the world's badness is inside you, that maybe you're a part of it. And then you get a bit older still, and a bit more comfortable, and you start wondering whether that badness you've seen in yourself is really all that bad at all. You start talking about ten per cent."

Maybe that's just developing as a person, Sarah."

I sighed and looked out at Little Bee

Well," I said, "maybe this is a developing world.”
Chris Cleave

Victor Hugo
“He therefore turned to mankind only with regret. His cathedral was enough for him. It was peopled with marble figures of kings, saints and bishops who at least did not laugh in his face and looked at him with only tranquillity and benevolence. The other statues, those of monsters and demons, had no hatred for him – he resembled them too closely for that. It was rather the rest of mankind that they jeered at. The saints were his friends and blessed him; the monsters were his friends and kept watch over him. He would sometimes spend whole hours crouched before one of the statues in solitary conversation with it. If anyone came upon him then he would run away like a lover surprised during a serenade.”
Victor Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris | The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Roxane Gay
“My father believes hunger is in the mind. I know differently. I know that hunger is in the mind and the body and the heart and the soul.”
Roxane Gay, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

W. Somerset Maugham
“From old habit, unconsciously he thanked God that he no longer believed in Him.”
W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

Sarah Vowell
“Being a nerd, which is to say going too far and caring too much about a subject, is the best way to make friends I know.”
Sarah Vowell, The Partly Cloudy Patriot

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