The Library

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Dear Books, I Love You — by Laura Green

I love paper books. I love how their stories sit in them all quiet on the shelf; stories that feel endlessly spacious all slotted into one tidy row. I love how they change and evolve while they’re sitting there – I pick the same book up after days or years and the story inside it is changed. Subtly, quietly. Just like me. I love that there are physical marks from the last time I read it or, if it’s a used book, the last time you read it. I love marks that show me what made my heart leap last time. Or your heart.

 

I love reading the same books as you – you open the cover and a story unfolds inside you, and it’s the same story that’s unfolded inside me. In that moment there’s a space in us that’s the same. We overlap. And it’s the same space that’s been inside thousands of other people over time and across the planet.

 

When I’m broken up and broken open books help me feel connected to the bigger space around me. They make me feel like, though I might be lost, the space I’m lost in is known, and it might know me, and I might be able to trust it even though I cannot see the map of it.

 

I want to share books with you - the books that have held me well during times of wild unknowing. 

All of us, here on this page, want to share books with you. 

 

Want to share books with us? Click here to do just that!

 

Here are the books that I read over and over...

 

My best friend, librarian Emmy Garr:

 

Here are some books Emmy recommends that deal specifically with race:

Emmy would also be happy to help you come up with a reading list curated specifically for your family’s need. Email her at ergarr@hotmail.com for personalized tending by the world’s best librarian.

 

My cousin, Karen Green:

 

Poet and niece, Hayley Jones:

At this point Hayley stopped being about to parenthetically (and enthusiastically) summarize the books’ effect. We don’t know why, and it’s not really our business - but I hope it had something to do with joy and starlings...
 

 

My dear friend and Grief House co-parent, she who brings us Recipes for Quarantine, Alyna O’Hanon:
 

 

Artist Chelsea Granger (she who made the gorgeous header and cover art for our new site!) has a long and beautiful list of helpful books on her website. Click here to see her recommendations.

Click here for an Anti-Racist Reading List for Children  
Offered by EmbraceRace - an organization working to raise a generation of children who are thoughtful, informed and brave about race.

Click here for an Anti-Racist Reading List for Adults
Offered by The Stacks - a podcast about books that support independent bookstores.

Click here to read novelist Jesmyn Ward's Vanity Fair article: "Even in a pandemic, even in grief, I found myself commanded to amplify the voices of the dead that sing to me, from their boat to my boat, on the sea of time."