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.
If you like Booked you might like these titles, both available at the Virginia Beach Public Library:
by Alice Ozma and Jim Brozina