In 2007, professional American violinist Joshua Bell performed at the Washington D.C. Metro station as a social experiment to see if anybody would recognize him. In the end, only 1 person knew it was him, and only a few others recognized his talent for what it was.
I remember seeing videos about this experiment, but I didn’t realize that the related article written by Gene Weingarten in The Washington Post won a Pulitzer Prize. Honestly, I didn’t even know who Weingarten was until I found The Fiddler in the Subway while perusing the book section of a local thrift store with my wife.
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I bought The Wheel on the School because I thought it was a book my mom had read to us years ago. And it might have been.
Then again, I may have had it confused with another book.
Every time I would hear about The Wheel on the School, The Wheel of Time, or A Wrinkle in Time I would say “Oh, my mom read that to me as a kid”. However, I finished The Wheel on the School without any part seeming familiar, and I recently found out that The Wheel of Time is a fantasy series that nobody has probably ever read to their children.
So, I apologize for lying to a number of you. A Wrinkle in Time was the book my mom read to us.
Unless, of course, there is another book with the word Time or Wheel in it.
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My favorite book is Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. Whenever I find a copy for sale at a thrift store or used book store for a few dollars, I’ll buy it to lend out or give away.
About a month ago I decided to take 3 of my copies to work in case any of my coworkers were interested in borrowing a copy.
When one of my coworkers expressed interest in borrowing a copy, I asked what her favorite book was. She replied Unbroken, which is a book I’ve had sitting on my bookshelf for a few years. I decided if she was going to read my favorite book then I was going to read her favorite.
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Where the Red Fern Grows was my favorite book for years. From what I remember, I was in middle school the first time I read it. I think it was the first book to ever make me cry, and I was so impressed that a book could do that.
I had cried during movies plenty of times. But crying from reading a book? Never.
Over the years, I’ve grown to love anything that can make me cry. If something like a book or a movie can make me cry, it immediately gets the thumbs up from me.
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