2009 in Books

finally finished

Defining books of 2009:

Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community by Wendell Berry

“We ought to conscientiously reduce our tolerance for ugliness.”


Selected Writings of Dorothy Day

“The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?”


The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowlings

Harry found the hot drink as welcome as the firewhisky had been on the night that Mad-Eye had died; it seemed to burn away a little of the fear fluttering in his chest. “


East of Eden by Steinbeck

“Some men are friends with the whole world in their hearts, and there are others that hate themselves and spread their hatred around like butter on hot bread.”


Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

“I felt older. I felt that I had seen ages of the world come and go. Now, finally, I really had lost all desire for change, every last twinge of the notion that I ought to get somewhere or make something of myself. I was what I was. “I will stand like a tree,” I thought, “and be in myself as I am.” And the things of Port William seemed to stand around me in themselves as they are.”


The River Cottage Meat Book by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


“Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all.  Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around – nobody big, I mean – except me.  And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff.  What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff – I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them.  That’s all I do all day.  I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.  I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be.”


The Color Purple by Alice Walker

“For the first time in my life, I feel just right”

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