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Ali Smith

Why are books so very powerful? What do the books we've read over our lives-our own personal libraries-make of us? What does the unraveling of our tradition of public libraries, so hard-won but now in jeopardy, say about us? The stories in Ali Smith's new collection are about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us; how they shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser and ageless all at once; how they remind us to pay attention to the world we make. Woven between the stories are conversations with writers and readers reflecting on the essential role that libraries have played in their lives. At a time when public libraries around the world face threats of cuts and closures, this collection stands as a work of literary activism-and as a wonderful read from one of our finest authors.

Why are books so very powerful? What do the books we've read over our lives-our own personal libraries-make of us? What does the unraveling of our tradition of public libraries, so hard-won but now in jeopardy, say about us? The stories in Ali Smith's new collection are about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us; how they shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser and ageless all at once; how they remind us to pay attention to the world we make. Woven between the stories are conversations with writers and readers reflecting on the essential role that libraries have played in their lives. At a time when public libraries around the world face threats of cuts and closures, this collection stands as a work of literary activism-and as a wonderful read from one of our finest authors.
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Why are books so very powerful? What do the books we've read over our lives-our own personal libraries-make of us? What does the unraveling of our tradition of public libraries, so hard-won but now in jeopardy, say about us? The stories in Ali Smith's new collection are about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us; how they shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser and ageless all at once; how they remind us to pay attention to the world we make. Woven between the stories are conversations with writers and readers reflecting on the essential role that libraries have played in their lives. At a time when public libraries around the world face threats of cuts and closures, this collection stands as a work of literary activism-and as a wonderful read from one of our finest authors.

Language:

English

Length:

4h 14m


Chapters

Free Sample

03:05

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:28


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:09


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:35


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:16


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:33


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:03


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:02


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:42


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:14


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:21


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:19


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:48


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:14


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:28


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:32


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:47


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:05


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:08


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:42


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:12


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:30


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:47


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:45


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

00:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:06


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

00:59


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:42


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:39


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:18


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:01


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:24


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

00:28