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This I Believe: Finding Great Books in Surprising Places

Listen up! A new essay by longtime Lincoln School English faculty member John Minahan will be broadcast on This I Believe tomorrow, Wednesday October 18. The essay begins with a familiar scenario: "I'm unloading my cart at the grocery store when I see a particular novel in a rack by the cash register."

Minahan's piece is about finding great books in unlikely places, like nestled between the candy racks and the checkout line. Tune in to hear his work tomorrow at 6:45 a.m., 8:45 a.m., and 5:45 p.m., including this concluding passage:

"Especially now, when we’ve become so deeply divided and have so much trouble being civil to each other, I believe it’s a good sign that lots of different people can experience high quality fiction together. Will we heal our cultural ills simply by reading more good books in common? Not by itself. But the sharing of stories is vital to any healthy society. So I’m always looking for the next great read. See you at the supermarket."


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