Books that Bring Comfort During Trying Times

 

 

Perhaps, having this time at home has afforded you with the opportunity to read and to escape in the pages of a good book.  Has reading helped soothe your soul, brought you back to your childhood, provided that welcome escape?

In a recent  New York Times article, several well known authors discussed the books they turn to during trying times.  ‘Authors are just like the rest of us — they like to soothe their anxieties by losing themselves in  the pages of a beloved book.’.

Celeste Ng, the author of  Little Fires Everywhere, one of the considerations for Ridge Summer Reading, selected  The Princess Bride by William Goldman as the book that brings her comfort.

 

She wrote, ‘In 1987, my sister was halfway through reading me “The Princess Bride” when she went off to college. The day she left, I cried myself to sleep — and then, after I got my bearings again, I read the rest of the book on my own. So this has always been a comfort read for me: a fairy tale that acknowledges that life isn’t fair (“It’s just fairer than death, that’s all”) yet still manages to make you feel that the good guys might win, that justice will be served, that there’s a point to it all. If you only know the (fantastic) film, pick the book up, too — it’s just as much of a delight.’

 

Take a look at what books other authors are reading.  What books are you reading? What books would you suggest might help others learn important lessons of hopefulness, kindness, determination, faith, resilience and courage?  The Media Center would love to know and will share your suggestions with others.  

 

Perhaps, having this time at home has afforded you with the opportunity to read and to escape in the pages of a good book.  Has reading helped soothe your soul, brought you back to your childhood, provided that welcome escape?

In a recent  New York Times article, several well known authors discussed the books they turn to during trying times.  ‘Authors are just like the rest of us — they like to soothe their anxieties by losing themselves in  the pages of a beloved book.’.

Celeste Ng, the author of  Little Fires Everywhere, one of the considerations for Ridge Summer Reading, selected  The Princess Bride by William Goldman as the book that brings her comfort.

 

She wrote, ‘In 1987, my sister was halfway through reading me “The Princess Bride” when she went off to college. The day she left, I cried myself to sleep — and then, after I got my bearings again, I read the rest of the book on my own. So this has always been a comfort read for me: a fairy tale that acknowledges that life isn’t fair (“It’s just fairer than death, that’s all”) yet still manages to make you feel that the good guys might win, that justice will be served, that there’s a point to it all. If you only know the (fantastic) film, pick the book up, too — it’s just as much of a delight.’

 

Take a look at what books other authors are reading.  What books are you reading? What books would you suggest might help others learn important lessons of hopefulness, kindness, determination, faith, resilience and courage?  The Media Center would love to know and will share your suggestions with others.  

 

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