[Note. There will be two postings a week until December.]

“The date was April 14, 1912, a sinister day in maritime history, but of course the man in Suite 63-65, shelter deck C, did not yet know that.” Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America.

“I have never been what you’d call a crying man.” Stephen King, 11/22/63.

“Words are not only tools; they are also weapons.” Peter Bowler, A Superior Person’s Book of Words.

“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap.” J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye.

“From warm, turquoise waves, red, oozing magma, and dripping cloud forests, to awe-inspiring churches and bustling markets that come alive with the colors of tropical fruit and bright, hand-painted oxcarts, Costa Rica, a haven of peace and stability in Latin America, offers endless opportunities to experience and explore.” Costa Rica: A Let’s Go Travel Guide.

“I have no reason to answer the door so I answer the door.” Dave Eggers, What is The What.

“Flying into Australia, I realized with a sigh that I had forgotten again who their prime minister is.” Bill Bryson, In a Sunburned Country.

“There was a white horse, on a quiet winter morning when snow covered the streets gently and was not deep, and the sky was swept with vibrant stars, except in the east, where dawn was beginning in a light blue flood.” Mark Helprin, Winter’s Tale.

“When I was small, I didn’t even know that I was a kid with special needs.” Naoki Higashida, The Reason I Jump.

“There are some places about which we have strong impressions that when we finally go there they seem familiar, as if we had known them forever.” Cecily McMillan, The Charleston, Savannah & Coastal Islands Book.

“Mother performed in starlight.” Karen Russell, Swamplandia!.

“In the spring of 1841, when John Tyler was President, a Kentucky farmer named Solomon Young and his red-haired wife, Harriet Louisa Young, packed their belongs and with two small children started for the Far West.” David McCullough, Truman.

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