Holiday Gift Guide: Quotes From The Best 2018 Books To Give As Gifts

“If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

Michelle Obama, Becoming


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"Home isn't necessarily a place; it's more of a feeling—of comfort and trust, of people who are a part of you."

Mae Respicio, The House That Lou Built

"It was just another Monday morning and, like most Monday mornings, Juno Valentine was late for school. This time, though, it was absolutely not her fault.

Eva Chen, Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes

“Don't tell me women aren't the stuff of heroes.”

Kate Schatz, Rad Women Worldwide

“You’ll never know anyone’s marriage but your own. And even then, you’ll only know half of it.”

Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers

“There should be a word for this, the way it feels to steal something that’s already yours.”

Tayari Jones, An American Marriage

“Your own story is just one, and perhaps not the important one. The self is not the principal thing.”

Michael Ondaatje, Warlight

“My life was narrated for me by others. Their voices were forceful, emphatic, absolute. It had never occurred to me that my voice might be as strong as theirs.”

Tara Westover, Educated: A Memoir

“I love reading true crime, but I’ve always been aware of the fact that, as a reader, I am actively choosing to be a consumer of someone else’s tragedy. So like any responsible consumer, I try to be careful in the choices I make. I read only the best: writers who are dogged, insightful, and humane.”

Michelle McNamara, I'll Be Gone in the Dark

“Our greatest enemies are ultimately not our political adversaries but entropy, evolution (in the form of pestilence and the flaws in human nature), and most of all ignorance—a shortfall of knowledge of how best to solve our problems.”

Steven Pinker, Enlightenment Now

“All too often, those who rail against 'them' prevail over earnest pleas to remember what 'we' can be and do together."

Bill Clinton and James Patterson, The President is Missing

“Were all men separated from their children and wives by an invisible ribbon of cluelessness?”

Gary Shteyngart, Lake Success

"I hope my translation will enable contemporary readers to welcome and host this foreign poem, with all the right degrees of warmth, curiosity, openness, and suspicion."

Homer, The Odyssey, Translated by Emily Wilson

“Writing exists (for me) at the intersection of three precarious, uncertain elements: language, the world, the self. The first is never wholly mine; the second I can only ever know in a partial sense; the third is a malleable and improvised response to the previous two.”

Zadie Smith, Feel Free: Essays

“If she came off as too weak, she might be denied the trip. If she came off as too strong, too beautiful—or, in her words, 'too fascinating'—she might lose on that count too.”

Keith O'Brien, Fly Girls

"Douglass's ambitions were as expansive as his courage."

David W. Blight, Frederick Douglass, Prophet of Freedom

"Language, he contends, represents a special case of synesthesia, in which otherwise meaningless sounds become linked to concepts. Hence, the stoned ape: by giving us the gifts of language and self-reflection psilocybin mushrooms made us who we are, transforming our primate ancestors into Homo sapiens.”

Michael Pollan, How to Change Your Mind

“All the things that are wrong in the world seem conquered by a library’s simple unspoken promise: Here I am, please tell me your story; here is my story, please listen.”

Susan Orlean, The Library Book

“I do stupid things when I'm nervous, which means I'm constantly doing stupid things.”

Val Emmich, Dear Evan Hansen

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