Monday, May 19, 2014

Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me by Karen Swallow Prior


The library was on the second floor of my elementary school. Each morning I excitedly scurried up the stairway to return a biography I had read and check out another. Clara Barton, George Oglethorpe, Virginia Dare. I was fascinated with their life stories, so different than my own!
Can you recall books that captured your imagination, widened your perspective, whispered to your heart?
As a young girl Karen Swallow Prior couldn’t get enough of horses, and books. In Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me, she returns to the library of her youth, “an edifice of gothic proportions,” in Monmouth, Maine. She serendipitously pulls a book from the shelves and opens it. Inside, an old fashioned book pocket holds a faded checkout card. The signature on the card: her own childlike scrawl! The book: King of the Wind , Marguerite Henry's classic story of an Arabian stallion.
Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me is a quiet book that speaks volumes. Swallow Prior, now Professor of English at Liberty University in Lynchburg delves into a question we all ask ourselves at one time or another: What has shaped me into the person I am?

Find out : how Madame Bovary kept Swallow Prior from cheating on her husband, how Tess of theD’Urbervilles introduced her to grace, how reading Death of a Salesman brought forth her calling.

Swallow Prior’s book is a spiritual coming of age. Is the map of her literary journey haphazard? No. Is she contemplative? Yes. She admits "promiscuous reading", which she defines as indiscriminate, is her delight.

If you like Booked you might like these titles, both available at the Virginia Beach Public Library:

Why I read : the serious pleasure of books by Wendy Lesser

The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared
by Alice Ozma and Jim Brozina

1 comment:

Tracy said...

It sounds wonderful, just how books and their stories matter and can make a difference!