Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The $4 Book

Yesterday I bought a book off the clearance* table.

Not since delving into the transformative but brutal (and frighteningly local to me, the S.U. grad) memoir "Lucky" by Alice Sebold have I been so deeply moved by a book. "If I am Missing or Dead" by Janine Latus is a revelation, a tribute to a life cut short, a call to action.

For a mere $4, I was given access to the mind, heart and soul of Janine Latus for 23 hours. It took me less than a day to read her book, a day where I worked more than a full shift on the job, got eight hours of sleep, ate three meals, ran errands, etc. I didn't devour this book; it devoured me.

*It seems the paperback version is due out any day now, which explains why the hardcover copy was so reduced.

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