Your Recommended Reading: The Books You Didn’t Know You Needed

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The Spanish novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafón once said, “Books are mirrors. You only see in them what you already have inside of you.”

Which books have spoken to you about events in your life, both past and present? Today we’ll look at how reading helped novelist Ann Patchett after her stepfather’s death — books she didn’t know she needed until she read them.


“Grief on one shoulder, gratitude on the other”

For more from Ann Patchett, check out “Notes from Ann” at musing, the blog of independent bookseller Parnassus Books, located in Nashville, Tennessee.

In Ann Patchett’s recent post at musing, she talks about the death of her stepfather, Mike Glasscock, and recalls his positive influence on her development as a writer.

Mike came into my life when I was five, and even though he and my mother parted ways when I was 24, he and…

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