Weekly Story Sale - June 17, 2021

In the 1800's it was customary, as books became more affordable, to offer them as gifts. Wrapped in silk or in illustrated tissue paper and sealed with a wax seal, I like to imagine a book being given for every occasion.

Meeting for tea? Bring a book. Taking a walk? Bring a book. Attending a dinner party? Bring a book. Sneaking off to see your lover? Bring poetry.

I mean, I do this by default but the book is always just for me. In my backpack at the moment rests James McBride's "The Good Lord Bird" and a copy of adrienne maree brown's "Emergent Strategy" - neither wrapped in silk but each still a gift.

In general, I am notoriously bad at bringing birthday gifts and potluck dishes but I think this sentiment is one I could share in. After all, who's stopping me from bringing that beautiful copy of "Dracula" to the garden party? Furthermore... who's stopping you?

✍🏼 Sarah J. Bofenkamp

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