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On the Web Thu Jul 30 2009

A Life in Books

Robert Duffer of the Chicago Examiner posted a lovely little piece on the significance of moving and reorganizing one's books. The categories into which Duffer divides his books will be familiar to any bibliophile faced with gathering his or her collection and deciding what will go where on the shelves in the new digs. There are those books you keep because they meant something to you at some point, even if you're not sure you'd be able to read them again with the same zest; those books you keep because you conquered them and want proof of your feat; those books you keep because you're hoping that someday you will like them (when, too, will I read East of Eden? Before or after I reread Jane Eyre?)...etc., etc. Duffer's post is a wonderfully thoughtful look at one's life in books.

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Duffer / August 2, 2009 8:16 PM

Jane Eyre, eh? It's a strong recommendation, but I'm sticking East of Eden. Thanks for reading.

Veronica / August 3, 2009 11:39 AM

Aww...I love Jane Eyre. It's one of my top five, all time favorite reads.

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