Why are books so very powerful? What do the books we've read over our lives-our own personal libraries-make of us? What does the unraveling of our tradition of public libraries, so hard-won but now in jeopardy, say about us? The stories in Ali Smith's new collection are about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us; how they shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser and ageless all at once; how they remind us to pay attention to the world we make. Woven between the stories are conversations with writers and readers reflecting on the essential role that libraries have played in their lives. At a time when public libraries around the world face threats of cuts and closures, this collection stands as a work of literary activism-and as a wonderful read from one of our finest authors.
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by Ali Smith
by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
by Alexander McCall Smith
by Dick King-Smith
"Author and narrator Ali Smith's collection of short stories reflects the power of the library as a cultural institution and its connection with life experiences. Smith draws upon eclectic library experiences--from exploring the depths of the online catalogue to running fingers over the raised print of elegant book spines. In "The Human Claim," Smith is the victim of credit card fraud, which reminds her of a story she once read about questioning the contents of D.H. Lawrence's urn. Smith's turns of phrase, coupled with her charming Scottish accent, add to the emotion of her delivery. However, longer pauses between stories, and more emphasis on each title, would have helped differentiate the stories. This collection is a wordsmith's delight. E.B. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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