How The Public Library Turned Me Into A Reader

July 22, 2014 12:15 PM

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Books are my passion and my job, so imagine my profound embarrassment several months ago when I had to admit something shameful: I did not yet have a library card for the New York Public Library, despite having resided in the city for the past four years. Yes, it’s horrible. I know.

My only defense is this: I have a bizarre inability to let go of books. My studio apartment holds ominous mounds of them, teetering off the bedside tables, walled around the edges of my desk, and jammed into the bookshelves. My cat enjoys sitting on the windowsill on sunny days, a pastime made somew...

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