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Remembering THAT book

For me, the book that first truly captivated me was “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott. It was the first book that made me cry, the first book that made me laugh out loud, and the first book I ever received in hardcover with a dust jacket.  I had read many books before “Little Women”, but I had never been so drawn into the story, so lost in another world.

The copy I was given also had “Little Men” and some of Alcott’s short stories, and I read through them all. I had fallen in love with reading. With stories. With the work of an author. A book, words written on a page, had compelled me to feel and to respond in laughter and tears.

The beauty of literature, of good writing, is that it doesn’t merely entertain, it transports. Often as a child, I spent many afternoons being transported. As an adult, I don’t spend quite as many afternoons adrift on the opens seas of literature, but I try to squeeze in as many as I can.

Do you remember THAT book? The one that captured your attention so fully you nearly drowned in it? The one that makes you smile when you remember it because it was the one that made you fall in love with reading?

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Remembering Ray Bradbury

A few times as I was growing up, my stepdad would mention Fahrenheit 451, one of Ray Bradbury’s most well known works. Although he may not have realized it, the book impacted him deeply enough to speak of it a few times to us kids.

Foolishly, I have not read it. I’ve tried a few times, and gotten distracted. But as I looked up the description the other day online, I realized that it falls into the category of must read, not simply for the plot, but with how relevant it is for today. The issues of censorship and media were probably relevant when Bradbury penned the book, and they continue to be relevant today.

Today I remember an author whose work I may not be familiar with, but whom I admire because of his commitment to his craft (Bradbury wrote every single day), and for his impact on so many, especially my stepdad.

Ray Bradbury- thank you for your amazing contributions to literature, your commitment as a writer, and your faith.

Below is a link for an interview with Bradbury featured in Relevant Magazine which was republished in remembrance.

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/culture/film/blog/29385-the-legacy-of-ray-bradbury

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