Speaks to Me: Shopgirl

March 20, 2013 // Speaks to Me

You know that moment when you’re reading a book and suddenly a passage leaps out at you and says something to you, about you, that you thought was unique to you yourself? Or when an unexpected phrase or description just touches you deep and moves you, transports you?

That’s the gift of the writer to the reader. I plan to share those moments, those passages that reach beyond the page for me. You’ll definitely learn more about me, and maybe you’ll find something for you there too.

From Shopgirl, Steve Martin:

In spite of her depression, Mirabelle likes to think of herself as humorous. She can, when the occasion calls, become a wisecracker and buoyant party girl. This mood, Mirabelle thinks, sometimes makes her the center of attention at parties and gatherings. The truth is that these episodes of gaiety merely raise her to normal, but for Mirabelle the feeling is so exceptional that she believes herself to be standing out.

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  1. My little green paperback with an association like that is Perks of Being a Wallflower. I forever associate it with the third floor of the Smallman Street building where I read it.

    In audiobook world, The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is connected with memories of driving home on my alternate Route 28 route.

  2. I bought Shopgirl at the Borders in Union Square in San Francisco, and finished it on the flight home. It’s one of those books that regardless of the setting, will always be stamped in time as to where I bought it. Little green paperback = SanFran.

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