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Our Personal Libraries Articulate Who We Are

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“All the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal… But with each passing year, and with each whimsical purchase, our libraries become more and more able to articulate who we are, whether we read the books or not.”

From The Polysyllabic Spree (2004) by British author and screenwriter Nicholas Hornby. Hornby’s best-selling novels, Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, and About a Boy, have all been adapted to film as well as television series. Hornby is also a music critic and has collaborated on song lyrics with Ben Folds. Prior to becoming a successful novelist, Hornby was a high school English teacher.

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