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The Books They Gave Me: True Stories of Life, Love, and Lit

 
 
Author
Jen Adams.
Publisher Free Press  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 7.3 x 5.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781451688795
Pages/Publication Date 235/2012
Daedalus Item Code 42610
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The gift of a book becomes part of the story of your life. Perhaps it came with a note as simple as "This made me think of you," but it takes up residence in your heart and your home. A reader of voracious, possessive appetite and a writer of varied career, Jen Adams here presents some 200 personal stories about gifted books, from readers of the blog TheBooksTheyGaveMe.com. By turns romantic, cynical, funny, dark, and hopeful, they reveal volumes about the relationships that inspired the gifts. There's the poorly thought-out gift of Lolita from a 30-year-old man to a teenage girl; the couple who tried to read Ulysses together over the course of their long-distance relationship and never finished it; the surplus copy of The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats that told one girl she had found the right boy; and the girl whose school library wouldn't allow her to check out Fahrenheit 451, but who received it at Christmas with the note, "Little Sister: Read everything you can. Subvert Authority! Love always, your big brother."
 
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