Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! May tomorrow bring you lots of good food and the love of your family and dearest friends.
Thank you for reading Books Here And There. I appreciate the many kind thoughts you’ve sent my way. We who love books and language itself may feel especially blessed as we enter the holiday season. Writer Anne Lamott speaks for all of us:
“. . . for some of us, books are as important as anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid pieces of paper unfolds world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet you or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die. They are full of the things that you don’t get in life. . . wonderful, lyrical language, for instance. And quality of attention: we may notice amazing details during the course of a day but we rarely let ourselves stop and really pay attention. An author makes you notice, makes you pay attention and this is a great gift. My gratitude for good writing is unbounded; I’m grateful for it the way I’m grateful for the ocean.”