How to earn interest on your books
Several months ago I gave a copy of Kitchen Table Wisdom to my daughters’ pediatric endocrinologist.
Yesterday she told me she loved the book and will ask some of her staff, medical students and daughter (who is a pre-med student) to read it. She is also checking to see if the medical school here is one of the medical schools in the US that uses Dr. Remen’s curriculum.
After the conversation I figured that I’ve given away about 5 or 6 copies of Kitchen Table Wisdom in the past six months. Almost all of these people told me they have turned around and given copies to people with cancer, a cancer center library, etc.
A book discussion group I’m part of talked about this book earlier this year.
All of this because I discovered the book in a footnote in this book. It was several months before I finally checked Kitchen Table Wisdom out from the library because, judging from the title, I feared it might be sappy. Happily I was wrong.
I say this not to make a sales pitch for the book (although you’re more than welcome to read it) or to show how generous I am (used copies only cost $5 or less, including shipping) but simply to encourage you to do the same with books that have changed you.
You can do so by:
*Writing a blog post about it.
*Writing a review on Amazon about it (a confession: three years ago I wrote a review of Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style (Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style) and am pleased at how my review is still the #1 review there, with 219 helpful votes. Now if only I could have lunch with Tim Gunn someday… but I digress).
*Giving a copy to someone.
Or you could be weird and have a “book group” discussion like a friend and I have had. While reading Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir by Christopher Buckley a year ago I kept thinking of a friend of mine because the dry wit in the book made me think of her. She lives at a distance so there was no way to discuss the book with her in a normal book group setting so I underlined my favorite parts and wrote notes in the margin directed to her.
I mailed the book to her and she read it, underlined her favorite parts, responded to my margin notes and also wrote her own margin notes. Then she mailed it back to me and it was so much fun to go through the book and look at her comments. I can’t think of a more engaging way to read a book.
Whatever you do, don’t forget that whenever you read a book that changes you, there’s the potential to change someone else’s life too.
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