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Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Square

Magnet, 2013

“ according to a Wall Street Journal article of a few years ago, some 59 percent of Americans don't own a single book. Not a cookbook or even the Bible. ”

- Maureen Corrigan, Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books

Okay, there is no way this is true. Right? Right. No. No way.

I've been following The Millions: A Year in Reading and enjoying learning about so many books I might not have otherwise found, but no description has enticed me as much as Sonya Chung's. Now I must read The Square by Marguerite Duras as quickly as I can get my hot little hands on a copy.

Enjoy your Sunday. I hope it involves reading a few pages of a good book.

15 comments:

  1. 59 %.
    that's like, a whole lot...
    sigh.
    n♥

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    1. Yes, sigh. I really do not want to believe it is true. It can't be true.

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  2. Eek..I find that hard to believe.
    I've been finding good stuff on The Millions too. The Lover by Duras is a favorite of mine. Now I'm off to investigate The Square.

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  3. The Square sounds fascinating from its excerpt. Thank you for that.
    I spent a few hours in the morning with Hemingway, and now Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird.

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    1. A few hours with Hemingway. What a nice way to spend a morning.

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  4. No, no possible way. I just don't believe it.

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  5. Let's hope that isn't true. I'm spending time with James Joyce these days in between reading Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom.

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  6. Does istening to an audio book count?

    I own lots of books and LOVE the library, but I only read actual paper books when on holiday, due to lack of time...

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  7. gasp....let's hope that many of those people have access to a library.

    I am starting Alice Munro's View from Castle Rock

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  8. Alas I am not as astounded as I would hope to be at this news. As a voracious reader I find it just sad. Without books my entire life would have been so much less than it is because of them in my life. I just finished Donna Tartt's "Goldfinch", Elizabeth Gilbert's "The Signature of All Things", "Tell the Wolves I'm Home" by Carol Rifka Brunt" and am now reading "Snapper" by Brian Kimberling. Most I read these days on my Kindle, but I still go to the Library and purchase books. Reading is like Breathing.

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