The Books They Gave Me

The Books They Gave Me

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THE GIFT OF A BOOK BECOMES PART OF THE STORY OF YOUR LIFE. Perhaps it came with a note as simple as a€œThis made me think of you, a€ but it takes up residence in your heart and your home. The Books They Gave Me is a mixtape of stories behind books given and received. Some of the stories are poignant, some snarky, some romantic, some disastrousa€”but all are illuminating. Jen Adams collected nearly two hundred of the most provocative stories submitted to the tumblr blog to capture the many ways books can change our lives and loves, revealing volumes about the relationships that inspired the gifts. These stories are, by turns, romantic, cynical, funny, dark, and hopeful. Therea€™s the poorly thought out gift of Lolita from a thirty-year-old man to a teenage girl. Therea€™s the couple who tried to read Ulysses together over the course of their long-distance relationship and never finished it. Therea€™s the girl whose school library wouldna€™t allow her to check out Fahrenheit 451, but who received it at Christmas with the note, a€œLittle Sister: Read everything you can. Subvert Authority! Love always, your big brother.a€ These are stories of people falling in love, regretting mistakes, and finding hope. Together they constitute a love letter to the book as physical object and inspiration. Illustrated in full color with the jackets of beloved editions, The Books They Gave Me is, above all, an uplifting testament to the power of literature.I am the archetypal bookworm, never without a book in my bag and four more in progress on my nightstand. ... In one episode of the late 1980s TV series The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, Mollya#39;s ex-husband surprises her at work (in aanbsp;...

Title:The Books They Gave Me
Author:Jen Adams
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2012-11-06


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