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February 02, 2010


Lil Gluckstern

When I was a little girl, I lived in New York City, and my Grandpa used to go to auctions in Coney Island and buy me boxes of books. It was like Christmas! For years, I kept those old yellowing books, and today, books are my addiction. Good literature, non fiction and mysteries, guilty pleasures like historical romances, all started with Little golden Books and classics won for me at estate auctions.

Sheila Connolly

My mother gave me a copy of Little Women when I was sick in bed with measles, and I've often wondered if the fact that I read it while feverish is why it is so imprinted on my brain. Pieces of it still pop randomly into my head--like carrying baked potatoes as handwarmers on a cold New England morning. Oh, and I still have that copy of the book.


Lil, what a great story! What a great grandpa!

Sheila, it's those sick-bed books that really do imprint themselves. My first Nancy Drew, The Mystery of Shadow Ranch (I almost wrote "Canyon Ranch") got me through bronchitis and got me hooked on mystery.

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