Category: book

  • The wealth of the world

    I am throwing away lots of papers, but I am finding a few treasures written on some of those papers. I wrote down this quote years ago when I visited the Library of Congress. “Books are the treasured wealth of the world,” Thoreau once said. –Joy

  • Good friends

    My dog Jack is a very good friend—and so are my books! “Books may well be the only true magic,” Alice Hoffman once said. –Joy

  • Books everywhere

    I haven’t counted my books. They are everywhere—in my study, in my kitchen, in my bedroom, in all of the bedrooms. If this quote is true, I have lived more than a thousand lives! “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one,” says George R. Martin.…

  • Keep reading

    Yikes! I am getting rid of books. Because I have too many books. Still, it’s difficult. And, of course, I’ll keep reading—and buying more books. As Dr. Seus says, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” –Joy

  • Two gay penguins

    In the award-winning documentary “The ABCs of Book Banning,” Ridley, who’s nine years old, discusses the children’s book And Tango Makes Three. It’s a book about two male penguins who adopt a baby penguin. Ridley says: “It’s about two penguins that are gay with each other and, even though they have their differences from the…

  • Rosa Parks was tired

    A children’s book called Rosa by Nikki Giovanni is one of the banned books named in an award-winning documentary “The ABC of Book Banning.” These are words from the book: She sighed as she realized she was tired. Not tired from work, but tired of putting white people first. Tired of stepping off sidewalks to…

  • Ambitious girls

    Aren’t girls supposed to be ambitious? Persistent? Assertive? And, confident? I watched an award-winning documentary—”The ABCs of Book Banning”—and I discovered that a children’s book by Meena Harris titled Ambitious Girls is one of the books that has been banned. Here are some words from the book: Persistent means I won’t give up. Assertive means…

  • Nothing new under the sun

    “Now, nearly two and a half centuries after the Founding, the religious and political climate in America would seem a prime exhibit to support the Old Testament’s lesson that there is no thing new under the sun,” writes Jon Meacham. In 1822, Meacham explains, Jefferson worried aloud: “The atmosphere of our country is unquestionably charged…

  • Chance

    “It seemed both proper and at the same time deeply unfair that so much of life was left to chance,” says Claire Keegan, author of Small Things Like These.

  • The truth

    As Cervantes writes in Don Quixote, “The truth may be stretched thin, but it never breaks. It always surfaces above lies, as oil floats on water.” We hope what Cervantes says is true today in the age of splintered media. I visited the Cervantes Museum in Guanajuato, Mexico, recently and was inspired to read Don…