“It’s funny the way we talk about terrorism nowadays as though only Muslims and Arabs threaten our society. I’m afraid my understanding of terrorism was shaped long before September 11. It was the fear, the arbitrariness, the violence that affected people indiscriminately – even those who said they didn’t want to get involved or had no intention of fighting against segregation. For me, terrorism is still the image of white men, people active in society, standing over the charcoaled, lynched body of a black man and looking pleased with their work. John says I think about historic injustices too much. Maybe he’s right, but it’s just that it doesn’t feel historic to me. We never seem to be able to accept responsibility for these injustices. First, we say that’s just how things are, then we shrug our shoulders and say that’s just how things were, that things are different now. No thanks to us, I want to reply, but no one ever seems to want to hear that.”
“Not judging something was also a judgment, and not doing something was also an act.”
“While her classmates had bullied or been bullied, carved meaningless symbol into desks or scrawled on one another’s lockers, she had experienced irrepressible passion, death, laughter, foreign lands, days gone by. Others might have found themselves stuck in a tired, old, high school in Haninge, but she had been a geisha in Japan, walked alongside China’s last empress through the claustrophobic, closed-off rooms of the Forbidden city, grown up with Anne and the others in Green Gables, gone through her fair share of murder, and loved and lost over and over again.”
“There was something sad about the town, as though generations of problems and disappointments had rubbed off onto its bricks and its roads.”
“The last category was for those who really didn’t read. She called it Short but Sweet and placed all the books she could find under two hundred pages in length beneath it, as well as all of Hemingway. According to a popular and diehard legend, he had once made a wager that he could write a story in under ten words. He won the bet: For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.”
One Million Page Princess
February 4th 2017
I really liked this book.
When small town Broken Wheel, Iowa, meets Sara, who has traveled all the way from Sweden to connect with a pen pal (Amy) she has there, they have no idea how her presence will change the way the entire town lives.
After communicating with Amy for several months via snail mail, Sara (a self-proclaimed bookworm whose nose is always buried deep in the pages of a story) steps out of her comfort zone and travels across the world to finally meet in person. Unfortunately, upon arriving Sara discovers Amy has passed away recently. The town rallies together to help Sara have a good time despite the unforeseen circumstances of her visit, and in turn, she shows them how one single person has the ability to change everything… beginning by opening the town’s ONLY bookstore. What happens next changes everyone’s life, and challenges an entire town to think about themes such as racism, equality, love, and forgiveness.
If you’re looking for something a bit lighter, (could be framed as chick-lit) yet still grounded in the kind of human moments that can move you to change your own perspective on things, then this is the one for you. I love books, and Sara loves books, so I loved this book about Sara.
Spring Break is a few weeks away! Perhaps this is the one to pack as a beach read.
Until next time,