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March 4, 2010

Today is World Book Day and since books have saved me, I thought I would put up an excerpt from one of my longer stories which expresses my love of books.

From Man Loses Life a story always in progress:

When he pulled into the library parking lot, Billy could feel the afternoon wearing on him. Then again, maybe it wasn’t the afternoon, maybe it was all the guys bullshitting and ribbing him at work that had worn him down. Before grabbing his cane and getting out of the car, he thought twice about going in. But he did, and when he opened the glass door and took a few steps into the large square building he was hit with the distinct smell of all those books, and right away he remembered how much he loved the library.

He had loved it since he was a little boy who found comfort in the Lackawanna County Library, which for him was actually a small silver bus the county had turned into a traveling library, mostly for the kids from The Flats on the Southside. Billy had always been much more excited on Bookmobile day than when the ice cream truck came around with its fancy circus songs. Most days he wanted to stay on board, hoping it would pull away with him still sitting on the shaky little bench in the center isle.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 6, 2010 1:43 am

    A very nice story … what a wonderful image of salvation, to be transported away by the bookmobile.

  2. March 7, 2010 7:08 pm

    The original magical mystery tour!

    Hello Lou – just thought I’d pop by and wish you well with your work. This little story was a welcome treat.
    Take care,

  3. March 9, 2010 2:54 am

    Happy Book Day, Lou!
    (not sure about his holiday… is there cake involved?)
    Nice wee tease of tale, by the by.

  4. March 9, 2010 2:54 am

    this holiday.

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