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A Velocity of Being, Letters to a Young Reader edited by Maria Popova & Claudia Bedrick

Updated: Oct 16, 2021

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Dear Person,

Why Read?

Because you only have one life but reading gives you many lives. Because you only have one personality but when you read a book you can be inside another mind and heart. Because experiencing elegance of language is one of the greatest pleasures of consciousness. Reading lets you be quiet in a chaotic world and commune with amazing people who may happen to be dead now, so not too easy to connect with otherwise. Reading startles you. Reading upsets you. Reading takes apart your world and expectations and rearranges them. Imagine the last few years without the books you have loved - it would be a much flatter, sadder experience of living. We read as a form of faith.

( Letter by Naomi Wolf)

Our review:

A Velocity of Being isn't a chapter book with a plot or a story, it's what I call a coffee table book. It is full of loads of different 'letters to a young reader.' It is so beautiful! There are letters from authors, artists, activists, singers, actors, lots of different people, all saying how important reading is, and what it's really about. All the letters come with a beautiful illustration. Some letters are comics, some are drawings and some are just typed. My favourite letter is the one by Naomi Wolf. This is a beautiful book and is a perfect gift for an avid young reader.


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