Tuesday, May 22, 2012

what Anne Lamott & Sara Zarr said about reading

Anne Lamott

"For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die."


"As for A House Like a Lotus, I'd forgotten many details of the story but still keenly remembered the emotional impact of it, how it left me in a daze, and I mean the good kind of daze only a story that has spoken to you deeply can. When you're finished reading, you stumble through life like someone who has had her eyes dilated. You're seeing the world in glorious, unforgiving brightness, painful new detail, expansive periphery."  
hiding with a good book in my friend Andy's tree house a couple of summers ago

Before I go, I'd love to hear the last book you read that (in Sara Zarr's words) "left you in a daze...the good kind of daze only a story that has spoken to you deeply can"?

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