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Books Old, Books New: Something Red, White & Blue!

In honor of July 4th, we’ve highlighted four of our favorite classic American authors, as well as some of our new favorites! These wordsmiths continue to leave their mark with readers all across the US, and we’re excited to share some of our favorite quotes from them now.

Happy Birthday, America!

Some of the classics…


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“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”
–Mark Twain



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“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
–Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird



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“…But I preferred reading the American landscape as we went along. Every bump, rise and stretch in it mystified my longing.”
–Jack Kerouac, On The Road



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“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” 
Maya Angelou


Soon to be classics…


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“Here’s what I mean by the miracle of language. When you’re falling into a good book, exactly as you might fall into a dream, a little conduit opens, a passageway between a reader’s heart and a writer’s, a connection that transcends the barriers of continents and generations and even death…And here’s the magic. You’re different. You can never go back to being exactly the same person you were before you disappeared into that book.”
–Anthony Doerr



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“Then I let the stories live
inside my head, again and again
until the real world fades back
into cricket lullabies
and my own dreams.”
–Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming



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“You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior for love.”
Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar



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We couldn’t help but include Mr. Martin here. Even though he continually breaks our hearts.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
–George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

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