The stories in Smith’s collection are about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us; how they shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser and ageless all at once; how they remind us to pay attention to the world we make. Public libraries are places of joy, freedom, community and discovery – and right now they are under serious threat. They are being run down by stealth. With this brilliantly inventive collection, Smith joins the campaign to save our public libraries and celebrate their true place in our culture and history. You would hardly expect me to do anything other than wholeheartedly recommend this book. I do.
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