“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”
“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”
“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”
The Bad-Ass Librarians Of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer tells the the story of how hundreds of thousands of ancient texts were rescued in 2012 from almost being destroyed by jihadists in Mali. See below for a partial photograph of these documents:
These documents give the reader a taste of what Timbuktu and this region once was. This book is more than just a retelling of the escape of these manuscripts but also the telling of the history of jihad in the area and Mali’s own Arab Spring.
The author describes the horror and brutality that are given out by these young jihadists to the residents and how the librarian, Abdel Kader Haidara, who had spent his lifetime in gathering these north African manuscripts into a central library, faces the challenge in saving these documents and figuring out how to smuggle them out of Timbuktu.
This looks to be a great read in understanding a part of the world in which I am not familiar with and its history.
Here is a video from the author for your viewing pleasure:
In A Different Key: The Story Of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker tells a tight-knit story of the misunderstanding of autism and its discovery over seventy-five years with the diagnosis of Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi. The book explores the political battles as well as the shame that families went through and are still going through. Families are faced with finding a place in the world for those afflicted with this condition and political struggles are shared such as freeing children from nightmarish institutions, campaigns for the right for these children to go to school, educating the world about the true meaning of autism and aiding society in accepting autistic people.
This book shares the intimate stories of those who have fought long and hard against the controversies that surround autism such as vaccines and whether a cure for autism should be pursued. This book does an excellent job in examining the history of autism and the struggles as well as the progress that has been made in the acceptance of autism and the effect of our society.
Here is a video from the authors for your viewing:
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”