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I needed to read a nonfiction book about someone with a terminal illness for a class - I wasn't excited about it, because we all know how that book is going to end. I sat down outside in the shade with a cup of coffee and some Post-It flags to mark quotes to use in my paper and finished the book with a cold cup of coffee, twenty-five flags sticking out from the side, and the beginning of a sunburn because I hadn't moved while the sun had.
Then I read it again from start to finish.
I won't bother to summarize it; many people already have. I'll just say that Jean-Dominique Bauby had a gift for making even the simplest things swell with emotion with just a few words. I rarely cry… Read more