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November 07, 2017

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I read Wendell Berry’s poetry when I am discomforted. Absolutely soul-soothing.

Funny, Sarah, I read Wendell Berry's essays when I need to light a fire underneath me.

I will definitely check out her other books! I read "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down" when I was 19, but it wasn't until I reread it years later that it really sunk in how significant of a work it is.

My go-to soothing books include the Little House series: I can open any of those books up to any page and read from there. Ditto for "The Poisonwood Bible"; I also find Barbara Kingsolver's essays to be a good thing to read when I'm down. Come to think of it, when I comfort-read, I'm looking to be soothed by being reminded that the world's always been a mess and I'm going to be okay. To quote good old Wendell: "Be joyful, though you have considered the facts."

Wow, I will need to check Anne Fadiman!

These other titles of her caught my eye: Rereadings: Seventeen writers revisit books they love and At Large and at Small : Confessions of a Literary Hedonist. Did you read those?

I need to read C.S. Lewis' Space Chronicles. Maybe I'll buy them on Kindle instead of adding more books to our messy house.

I have hardly been reading anything, but have you read Station Eleven? It came highly recommended and I'm enjoying it. I think I have only 1/5 of it left to read. And I'm reading instead of grading! :-|

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