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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Bookstores Help Us Understand the World

I've been quiet on this blog. Reading a lot of the New York Times lately and listening to NPR and many podcasts (stay tuned for my podcast list). Overwhelmed by bad news. 

But clinging to fiction.  I'm just about to finish the 11th and next to last book of the fabulous Louise Penny series about the thoughtful and wise Chief Inspector Gamache. The series, along with the Trump administration, has made me want to escape to the quiet fictional hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the border in Canada.  I'll share more about these books soon, I promise.

But a recent NYT article made me more joy-filled than ever about the existence of bookstores. The article, Bookstores Stoke Trump Resistance, quoted one independent book store owner saying, “I think bookstores are a place where people go to understand the world...” One of my favorite bookstore owners and writers, Ann Patchett, said, Now more than ever, books are so important,” Ms. Patchett said. “The only way we’re going to get out of this in the larger sense is through education.” Amen. Stay strong, fellow readers!