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And one of the reasons that I wrote the cook bo…

And one of the reasons that I wrote the cook books was so that I could be at home more than being on the road.

And one of the reasons that I wrote the cook books was so that I could be at home more than being on the road.

Books are in the mind, Grandfather Alessandro s…

Books are in the mind, Grandfather Alessandro said. Too many books and you forget your body is in the world.

Books are in the mind, Grandfather Alessandro said. Too many books and you forget your body is in the world.

I never actually had a guitar lesson. I taught …

I never actually had a guitar lesson. I taught myself the guitar from piano exercise books, which led me to have a pretty good technique on the guitar and allowed me to find different ways to do things.

I never actually had a guitar lesson. I taught myself the guitar from piano exercise books, which led me to have a pretty good technique on the guitar and allowed me to find different ways…

Books had been her means of escape; now they wo…

Books had been her means of escape; now they would be her refuge.

Books had been her means of escape; now they would be her refuge.

You’ve read half the books in this house? This …

You've read half the books in this house? This whole house?" "Well, approximately half." Sticky said. "To be more accurate, I suppose I've read more like" - his eyes went up as he calculated - "three sevenths? Yes, three sevenths." "Only three sevenths?" said Kate, pretending to look disappointed. "And here I was prepared to be impressed.

You’ve read half the books in this house? This whole house?” “Well, approximately half.” Sticky said. “To be more accurate, I suppose I’ve read more like” – his eyes went up as he calculated –…

Let me begin with a heartfelt confession.I admi…

Let me begin with a heartfelt confession.I admit it. I am a biblioholic, one who loves books and whose life would seem incomplete without them. I am an addict, with a compulsive need to stop by nearly any bookstore I pass in order to get my fix. Books are an essential part of my life, the place where I have spent many unforgettable moments. For me, reading is one of the most enjoyable ways to pass a rainy afternoon or a leisurely summer day. I crave the knowledge and insights that truly great books bring into my life and can spend transported hours scouring used book stores for volumes which "I simply must have". I love the smell and feel of well-loved books and the look of a bookcase full of books waiting to be taken down and read.

Let me begin with a heartfelt confession.I admit it. I am a biblioholic, one who loves books and whose life would seem incomplete without them. I am an addict, with a compulsive need to stop…

At any time, and under any circumstances of hum…

At any time, and under any circumstances of human interest, is it not strange to see how little real hold the objects of the natural world amid which we live can gain on our hearts and minds? We go to Nature for comfort in trouble, and sympathy in joy, only in books. Admiration of those beauties of the inanimate world, which modern poetry so largely and so eloquently describes, is not, even in the best of us, one of the original instincts of our nature.

At any time, and under any circumstances of human interest, is it not strange to see how little real hold the objects of the natural world amid which we live can gain on our hearts…

The books—the generous friends who met me witho…

The books—the generous friends who met me without suspicion—the merciful masters who never used me ill! The only years of my life that I can look back on with something like pride... Early and late, through the long winter nights and the quiet summer days, I drank at the fountain of knowledge, and never wearied of the draught.

The books—the generous friends who met me without suspicion—the merciful masters who never used me ill! The only years of my life that I can look back on with something like pride… Early and late,…

Keisha Blake, whose celebrated will and focus d…

Keisha Blake, whose celebrated will and focus did not leave her much room for angst, watched her friend ascend to the top deck in her new panda-eyed makeup and had a mauvais quart d'heure, wondering whether she herself had any personality at all or was in truth only the accumulation and reflection of all the things she had read in books and seen on television.

Keisha Blake, whose celebrated will and focus did not leave her much room for angst, watched her friend ascend to the top deck in her new panda-eyed makeup and had a mauvais quart d’heure, wondering…

Evidently, I’d suffered an epiphany: the subcon…

Evidently, I'd suffered an epiphany: the subconscious realization that when it comes to coolness, nothing the human race has ever invented is more cool than a book.

Evidently, I’d suffered an epiphany: the subconscious realization that when it comes to coolness, nothing the human race has ever invented is more cool than a book.

It is time to browse through the precious books…

It is time to browse through the precious books that have meant the most to you that you may rediscover illuminating phrases and sentences to light your pathway to the future...

It is time to browse through the precious books that have meant the most to you that you may rediscover illuminating phrases and sentences to light your pathway to the future…

penilosophy.

penilosophy.

penilosophy.

Having had virtually no contact with the outsid…

Having had virtually no contact with the outside world for the last few weeks, Evan had temporarily forgotten the social norms governing shopping conduct or approaching celebrities in public.

Having had virtually no contact with the outside world for the last few weeks, Evan had temporarily forgotten the social norms governing shopping conduct or approaching celebrities in public.

You’re loco, Carlos. Insane. Totally crazy… Mos…

You’re loco, Carlos. Insane. Totally crazy… Most guys think they’re imperfect for still being virgins past the age of seventeen.

You’re loco, Carlos. Insane. Totally crazy… Most guys think they’re imperfect for still being virgins past the age of seventeen.

That figures. Finally applying your actuarial s…

That figures. Finally applying your actuarial skills to what really matters, eh?

That figures. Finally applying your actuarial skills to what really matters, eh?

Dating someone exclusively for four months in N…

Dating someone exclusively for four months in New York is like four years in Anchorage.

Dating someone exclusively for four months in New York is like four years in Anchorage.

Yeah. The tax that men have to pay for not havi…

Yeah. The tax that men have to pay for not having to menstruate every month. Or risk getting pregnant. Or deal with the physically stronger sex in a macho world… Women have to put up with all that stuff, so the least we men can do is pay the male tax and get the tab.

Yeah. The tax that men have to pay for not having to menstruate every month. Or risk getting pregnant. Or deal with the physically stronger sex in a macho world… Women have to put up…

Yeah. Isn’t it great?

Yeah. Isn’t it great?

Yeah. Isn’t it great?

The unlikely group that resulted from the union…

The unlikely group that resulted from the union of five diverse characters in their late twenties operated with surprising harmony. This cohesiveness could be attributed to two factors: 1) everyone’s issues and embarrassing pasts were plainly disclosed prior to the gang’s formation and 2) the clan had been expressly conceived as a male support group.

The unlikely group that resulted from the union of five diverse characters in their late twenties operated with surprising harmony. This cohesiveness could be attributed to two factors: 1) everyone’s issues and embarrassing pasts were…

The official recruiting process for their posse…

The official recruiting process for their posse began. Because Carlos, Narc, and Trevor each had high SQs, Heeb and Evan reasoned that adding the three to their group would raise the average SQ of each group member (much the way that colleges recruit individuals with higher test scores to increase the average test scores of their matriculated students).

The official recruiting process for their posse began. Because Carlos, Narc, and Trevor each had high SQs, Heeb and Evan reasoned that adding the three to their group would raise the average SQ of each…

Still not sure about how easily he could be int…

Still not sure about how easily he could be integrated into their posse, Trevor smiled in delighted relief at how tolerantly two of his close friends had received his new identity.

Still not sure about how easily he could be integrated into their posse, Trevor smiled in delighted relief at how tolerantly two of his close friends had received his new identity.

But despite these and many other differences, E…

But despite these and many other differences, Evan and Heeb had become close friends – an improbability that could have been produced only by the even greater improbabilities that brought them together.

But despite these and many other differences, Evan and Heeb had become close friends – an improbability that could have been produced only by the even greater improbabilities that brought them together.

There’s no savior here. Especially not at 1:15 …

There’s no savior here. Especially not at 1:15 a.m.

There’s no savior here. Especially not at 1:15 a.m.

When I was in kindergarten, I entered a competi…

When I was in kindergarten, I entered a competition and read 52 books in a week.

When I was in kindergarten, I entered a competition and read 52 books in a week.

Apa gunanya banyak baca bukuKalau mulut kau bun…

Apa gunanya banyak baca bukuKalau mulut kau bungkam melulu

Apa gunanya banyak baca bukuKalau mulut kau bungkam melulu

Książki (…) to jedyny ratunek, żeby człowiek …

Książki (...) to jedyny ratunek, żeby człowiek nie zapomniał, że jest człowiekiem. (...) Książki to także świat, i to świat, który człowiek sobie wybiera, a nie na który przychodzi.

Książki (…) to jedyny ratunek, żeby człowiek nie zapomniał, że jest człowiekiem. (…) Książki to także świat, i to świat, który człowiek sobie wybiera, a nie na który przychodzi.

Stories, like conjuring tricks, are invented be…

Stories, like conjuring tricks, are invented because history is inadequate for our dreams.

Stories, like conjuring tricks, are invented because history is inadequate for our dreams.

That afternoon he told me that the difference b…

That afternoon he told me that the difference between human beings and animals was that human beings were able to dream while awake. He said the purpose of books was to permit us to exercise that faculty. Art, he said, was a controlled madness… He said books weren't made of themes, which you could write essays about, but of images that inserted themselves into your brain and replaced what you were seeing with your eyes.

That afternoon he told me that the difference between human beings and animals was that human beings were able to dream while awake. He said the purpose of books was to permit us to exercise…

Now, 75 years [after To Kill a Mockingbird], in…

Now, 75 years [after To Kill a Mockingbird], in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods, and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books.[Open Letter, O Magazine, July 2006]

Now, 75 years [after To Kill a Mockingbird], in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods, and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books.[Open Letter, O Magazine, July 2006]

Many things embarrass me, but reading isn’t one…

Many things embarrass me, but reading isn't one of them. I'm not ashamed of my slightly weird collection of prison memoirs. Nor the flaky meditation books. After all, I can pretend I never read those.

Many things embarrass me, but reading isn’t one of them. I’m not ashamed of my slightly weird collection of prison memoirs. Nor the flaky meditation books. After all, I can pretend I never read those.

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