Published at The Imaginative Conservative:
When I got to junior high, she gave me books by Leon Uris and James Michener, and I fell in love with the history of the Jews and Israel. For a while, I was rather obsessed with possible Jewish ancestry. In high school, she diversified the “ratings” of many of the things she suggested to me. I remember clearly when she handed me a copy of Peyton Place. “Bradley, this is trash, but you should know what kind of trash it is.” She was right. It was trash, but I devoured every word of it.
For the full essay, go here: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2014/02/love-words-love-of-books.html