International Book Giving Day Website
I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Books are a uniquely portable magic.
Books I Would Give to Everyone:
- The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede
- The Magic Tunnel by Caroline D. Emerson
Reading is a form of prayer, a guided meditation that briefly makes us believe we’re someone else.
- WRITING: Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style from the Copy Chief of Random House by Benjamin Dreyer
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
- POLITICS: Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America by Jared Cohen
- MEMOIR: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
- Life’s That Way by Jim Beaver
- SPIRITUAL: A Year with Thomas Merton: Daily Meditations from His Journals by Thomas Merton
- A Walk with the Saints by James Martin, SJ
- POETRY: Hailstones and Halibut Bones: Adventures in Poetry and Color by Mary O’Neill, John Wallner, illustrator
- FICTION: Here be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.
Mary McLeod Bethune
I love the solitude of reading. I love the deep dive into someone else’s story, the delicious ache of a last page.
Naomi Shihab Nye
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I’ve mentioned before that I always read on the Rosh Hashanah holiday. I am currently either in the middle of or just about to begin three books. I’ll also include ones that I’ve finished recently.
1776 – by David McCullough
1984 – by George Orwell
The Autobiography of Malcolm X – by Malcolm X with Alex Haley
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood – by Trevor Noah
The Children – by David Halberstam
Cronkite – by Douglas Brinkley
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention – by Manning Marable
Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet – by Lyndal Roper
Read my Pins – by Madeline Albright
The Handmaid’s Tale – by Margaret Atwood
The Princess Diarist – by Carrie Fisher
The Zookeeper’s Wife – by Diane Ackerman