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Friday, May 3, 2013

Books That Comfort In The Aftermath Of Tragedy

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Writer Danny Heitman says literature can be a source of comfort after a  national tragedy like the Boston Marathon bombings.

“I think at times like this, it is useful to connect with literature,” Heitman, columnist for The Advocate in Baton Rouge, La., told Here & Now’s Robin Young. “Literature does restore us to that wellspring of narrative that is so important for us to understand who we are and what we can be.” Heitman said.

He recommends five books that provide solace:

  1. The Bridge of San Luis Rey” by Thornton Wilder
  2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  3. One Man’s Meat” by E.B. White
  4. A Collection of Essays” by George Orwell
  5. 1776” by David McCullough

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