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I remembered Papa talking about Stalin confiscating peasants’ land, tools, and animals. He told them what crops they would produce and how much they would be paid. I thought it was ridiculous. How could Stalin simply take something that ...more
Kristin Hannah
“Jack says I am a warrior and, while I don't believe it, I know this: A warrior believes in an end she can't see and fights for it. A warrior never gives up. A warrior fights for those weaker than herself.
It sounds like motherhood to me.”
Kristin Hannah, The Four Winds

Jacqueline Woodson
“Harvest Time

When Daddy's garden is ready
it is filled with words that make me laugh
when I say them --
pole beans and tomatoes, okra and corn
sweet peas and sugar snaps,
lettuce and squash.

Who could have imagined

so much color that the ground disappears
and we are left
walking through an autumn's worth
of crazy words
that beneath the magic of my grandmother's hands


side dishes.”
Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming

Janet Skeslien Charles
“I haven't left my post!" she wanted to shout. "We're here." She needed to convince them that the ALP must remain open. "Libraries are lungs," she scrawled, her pen barely able to keep with her ideas. "Books the fresh air breathed in to keep the heart beating, to keep the brain imagining, to keep home alive. Subscribers depend on us for news, for community. Soldiers need books, need to know their friends at the library care. Our work is too important to stop now."

...."We are giving the students what they need, the public, the books they want, and the soldiers, what we can. It is after all, something, to continue to hold on, to hope for a wider contribution to humanity.”
Janet Skeslien Charles, The Paris Library

Susanna Clarke
“The only part of my existence in which I experience any sense of fragmentation is in that last strange conversation with the Other. And so I have to ask Myself: whose memory is at fault? Mine or his? Might he in fact be remembering conversations that never happened?

Two memories. Two bright minds which remember past events differently. It is an awkward situation. There exists no third person to say which of us is correct. (If only the Sixteenth Person were here!)

As for the Other's claim that I lose time and muddle days, I do not see how this can possibly be true, I invented the calendar I use, so how could it get 'out of sync' as he put it? There is nothing for it to get out of sync with.”
Susanna Clarke, Piranesi

Janet Skeslien Charles
“Why are they looting libraries? " Bitsi asked.

Boris explained that the Nazis wanted to eradicate the cultures of certain countries, in a methodical confiscation of their works of science, literature, and philosophy. He added the Nazis had also pillage the person collections of prominent Jewish families.”
Janet Skeslien Charles, The Paris Library

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