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Slytherin Book Lady Chills With Us #2- Hie to the Hunters

Title: Hie To The Hunters

Author: Jesse Stuart
Page Count: 265
Format: Hardback
Genre: Young Adult 
Published: 1950, 1978, and 1988
Publisher: The Jesse Stuart Foundation
ISBN: 978-0945084068

Summary: The Sparks family–salty old Peg Sparks, his wife Arn, and their sixteen-year-old son Sparkie– live in the Plum Grove Hills in a one room cabin. They don’t have a lot, but they would not turn a stray hound dog away from their door and certainly not a stray and certainly not a stray boy like pale, spindly Didway Hargis, who has run away from his wealthy home in town.
The boy from Greenwood, Did Hargis and the boy from the Plum Grove Hills, Sparkie, become good friends. Did learns to love the life of the hill people, as he becomes one of the Sparks family. He and Sparkie sleep in the hayloft, each with a hound dog for warmth.  At night they hunt foxes and possums, and Did learns the difference between the long, slow “trail bark” of the hounds, and the rapid, excited bark that means the hound has treed a possum. He learns how to shake a possum from a tree, and how to set traps. By the day the boys work on the farm. Did learns how to chop firewood, how to plow with mules, plant corn, and strip tobacco. The boys reminisce about last week’s barn dance, and look forward to next week’s moonlight cornshucking. As Did becomes accustomed to the world of Plum Grove, and as he comes to love the sparks family and their neighbors, who are generous and kind, he grows strong, brown, and happy.

But Did and Sparkie’s Appalachian idyll is interrupted by a feud between the hill-folk and a group of townfolk, led by Did Hargis’ father, who comes to take Did home. Events leading up to a gala midnight cornshucking that turns into a pitched battle in the Plum Grove Hills, and the battle’s after math, all make fast-moving, exciting reading.

Review: I remember the first time I ever heard of this book. I was in sixth grade and my sixth grade teacher would read part of this book us daily as soon as we got back from lunch. It happened to be her absolute favorite book. As soon as she got done reading, I had to go to the library to check it out for myself. This book is a great coming of age story for anyone that wants to read it. I would classify this as a young adult but anyone who is interested in hunting and a good coming of age story should read this book. It really makes you think about how much better we have it today then the way that it used to be back forever ago. This story puts multiple things in perspective for anyone that is interested in barn burnings and hunting. As the characters in the book grow, so do you. Did and Sparky are relateable boys and you will fall in love with the characters. You can feel their emotions as they grow and change.

About the Author: Jesse Hilton Stuart (August 8, 1906 – February 17, 1984) was an American writer, school teacher, and school administrator who is known for his short stories, poetry, and novels as well as non-fiction autobiographical works set in centralAppalachia. Born and raised in Greenup County, Kentucky, Stuart relied heavily on the rural locale of northeastern Kentucky for his writings. Stuart was named the poet laureate of Kentucky in 1954.

Rating: I would give this book a rating of three. I really enjoyed this book and I’m hoping that you guys do too.

Disclaimer: I got lucky when I found this book. If you would like to read I suggest checking your library first because when you buy this book its going to be super expensive. I found a fairly cheap copy on amazon, but I think it was the only one at that price.

Books Can Save the World- Guest Post by Tess Pajaron

7 books that will inspire you to start a writing career

If you are lacking in inspiration, sometimes reading the work of others can help you to get there. These
seven books will give you the boost you need to get a writing career underway, and will inspire you even
if you have never considered it before.

1. Ann Lamott – Bird By Bird

This book is great for those who want to start writing, but are too scared to consider it yet. It tells you
about how it’s fine to write a first draft which isn’t very good. You don’t have to worry about what other
people think when it’s just for your own starting point. It has lots of tips on getting started and being
inspired. You’ll learn that the first draft can be whatever it likes, and the final draft could still be

2. Austin Kleon – Steal Like An Artist

This is more of a workbook than a book to read, but it’s full of poetic moments and will help you to
think. It asks you to find inspiration in all kinds of places with exercises that will get your mind working.
When you’ve finished, you may feel like there is a writer in you who is ready to come out.

3. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

If you have a lot of interests, or would be interested in writing non-fiction, this is a great source of
inspiration for you. It shows how Franklin would work on a wide variety of projects with out-of- the-box
methods, but would have the same systematic approach and thinking process behind everything. It’s the
kind of method which can make anyone into a writer.

4. Jack Canfield – The Success Principles

This book teaches you how to become a success in whatever you want to do. If you’re too afraid to
write, or don’t feel like you have the talent yet, the positive affirmations taught in this book will help to
get you there. It will inspire you to put in the work needed to make a change in your life and become a

5. Steven Pressfield – The War of Art

If you are looking to move into any kind of artistic career, this will help, but it’s particularly good for
writers. It teaches that you can’t wait around for the muse to come to you. You have to sit down and
work hard and then the muse will come. That’s a big step which many writers have to learn if they want
to become successful even at writing their first piece.

6. Renni Browne & Dave King – Self-Editing For Writers

If you want to be a world-class writer but don’t know how to get there, this book will give you the
confidence to do it. It’s a great guide to editing your own work, and when you can master that, you can
put your work onto a bestseller’s list in no time. Not only does it teach the principles, but it also has
exercises so that you can put the ideas into action and get your own manuscripts into good shape.

7. Ray Bradbury – Zen in the Art of Writing

This book by acclaimed author Bradbury contains a selection of essays about writing and creativity. It
tells all about how he wrote his own popular works, and why. It gives advice on how to get inspired, how
and what to write, and how to get better at being a writer – all great for those who aspire to pick up the

With these books on your shelf, you won’t be able to resist the urge. You’ll be a career writer before you
can so much as blink!


With a background in business administration and management, Tess Pajaron currently works at Open
Colleges, Australia’s leading online educator. She likes to cover stories in careers and marketing.

Books Can Save the World ~Guest Post by Jane Bolto

5 Unforgettable Books You Should Read to your Children

Reading to your children reaps lots of benefits. Academic performance, communication skills,

concentration, vocabulary and emotional understanding can all be improved by regularly reading to

your child. And the benefits start young; some research even advocates reading to your baby whilst

they’re still in the womb!

As well as benefits to their education, reading opens up whole new worlds for your children to

explore. Their imagination can run riot with different characters, destinations, and situations each time you open a book together.

When you’re choosing what to read with your children, you’re likely faced with a never-ending list of

children’s literature. There are so many books around that deciding between them can prove tricky.

Whatever you choose to read with your little ones, here are a few unforgettable and timeless books

that should feature on every parent-child reading list:

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl wrote many a children’s classic but Matilda is perhaps the best of an excellent bunch. It

tells the story of a little girl called Matilda who is plagued by terrible parents and the strictest, most

horrible head teacher in history. But, one day, Matilda discovers she has special powers and soon

works out how to use them to get her revenge. Matilda is an inspiring heroine who, in her quest to

overcome adversity, all children will come to love.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

This beautiful picture book was first published back in the 1960s but has certainly stood the test of

time. Maurice Sendak’s stunning words and illustrations tell the story of Max who, after shouting at

his mother, is sent to bed without any supper. From here, he sets off on a magical journey to

discover “where the wild things are”. This is a book about the power of imagination, the intensity of

childhood emotion and the constant love of parents.

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

One rainy day, Sally and her brother are left home alone. They are expecting to be bored but then

the Cat in the Hat appears and mayhem ensues. Rhyming text and bold, colourful illustrations make

The Cat in the Hat a great book for all ages. Younger children will enjoy the pictures and rhythmic

cadence of the story whilst older children will relish the cheeky antics of the Cat.

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Charlotte’s Web is a modern classic and one of the best-selling children’s books of all time. It follows

the story of a little girl called Fern who, along with a spider called Charlotte, tries to save her pig

Wilbur from his fate on the farm. Charlotte’s Web is a tale of friendship, love, and loyalty and offers

children a first poignant understanding of mortality.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis

Mr. Tumnus the Faun, a wicked White Witch and a talking lion called Aslan; when siblings Peter,

Susan, Edmund and Lucy step through a magic wardrobe into Narnia they encounter more than they

could have ever imagined. When Edmund, lured by the promise of Turkish delight, becomes the

White Witch’s servant, his brother, and sisters go on an adventure to save him and the frozen land of

Narnia from her clutches.


Reading to your children can be an unforgettable experience for both you and your little ones. It’s a

chance to spend time together without the modern trappings of smartphones, TVs and tablets

getting in the way. It’s also a chance to discover characters and stories that will stay with both of you

forever. So head to the library or your local bookstore to stock up on some wonderful children’s

literature to enjoy together.


With a background in Marketing, Jane Bolto currently works as a Content Specialist at

Always willing to share her passion for new marketing strategies.

Tears of Glass by David Lake

Author: David Lake

Narrator: Fred Filbrich

Length: 11h 27m

Publisher: Alwyn Darrol Edwards⎮2017

Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller

Release date: Jan. 6, 2017

Synopsis: A failed quarterback, failed husband and failed human being, finds redemption through the music of a failed songwriter.
This darkly humorous thriller is based on real events, including the ‘ Accidental ‘ deaths of twenty two UK scientists all working on US missile systems.
Morgan, a drinking, smoking, womaniser, is drawn to the iconic music of the seventies – Dylan, Carole King, Neil Young, Led Zep – but when he acquires a rejected demo tape by a bluesy pianist, his friends start to meet with bizarre, ‘ Accidental ‘ deaths. It eventually dawns that HE is the target . Running to the Californian desert, picking up the inevitable girl en-route, he has no idea that he has stumbled. literally, upon the biggest conspiracy the Intelligence Services have tried to hide since The Wall came down.
The contrast between those who rule our lives and those who try to live by the rules, is brought into sharp focus through a collection of disparate characters, all having their own agenda. The underlying darkness of the message is almost totally masked by the nature of the ‘ Ripping Yarn.’ The reader rides a wave of action, humour, pathos, passion, violence and even enlightenment.




David Lake has a background in Science and the Record Industry.

Both facets are represented in Tears Of Glass which was first published in 1994 and re-published as an eBook in 2015
“The World’s First Interactive Book” according to Publishing News as this is the first book ever to have its own soundtrack as part of the narrative.
A number of other ‘Firsts ‘include the promotion of rock music in English Cathedrals and of launching Vangelis at the Royal Albert Hall.
He lives with his family near London.




Fred is a freelance voice talent located in Rochester, New York. With over 25 years experience in broadcasting and 12 years as an independent voice artist, Fred brings a professional touch to clients’ productions locally and worldwide. His voice is compelling and highly listenable, and can hold a listener’s interest for narrations long and short.





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By David Lake

We are, all of us, born rough diamonds. Everyone a potential for brilliance, but only after acquiring  many facets.

The initial rough-cuts are a result of family, geography and peer group,  moving to finer facets as we are taught through our local education systems and additional facets added as we progress into young adulthood. Sometimes the cutting tools are not as sharp as we would like and there are many areas on our life interface which remain clouded or slightly obscure.

BOOKS and all that they contain can provide an endless source of additional facets and even the final polish. The more facets, the more the stone shines. Every page, every sentence and every author is adding to our sub-conscious fenestrations, providing more windows out of which we see the world in different lights and also allowing the world an access into our soul.

Thus we build a collective consciousness, the world starting to move as one and hopefully in a positive direction for all inhabitants.

We are never the complete, multifaceted, perfectly polished article, but BOOKS and their multiple insights into countries, cultures, politics, geography and individual trains of thought, are the tools by which we fashion a setting capable of holding the individual we become.

I have always told my children to never go through life without touching the sides. Do not be afraid to make your mark, even if it is a dirty one. Make mistakes, chip the diamond, but always hold up to the light that which is still left. Someone may be grateful for the little glint in the dark.

As an individual I have always tried to follow this advice, not always successfully, but always with conviction. From Cancer Research to the Record Business to Design, then Writing, I have always tried to break new ground. Tears of Glass was the world’s first Interactive Book [ Publishing News ]  – this then became the first digital book to have a soundtrack as a part on the narrative and now the final work has found its natural home as an Audiobook, the songs woven seamlessly into the storyline. I have found this development, or journey, a cathartic experience in that as I was trying to provide the reader with ‘ facets ‘ of the human condition. I was also being chipped and polished, although I am a pretty hopeless case, in that the original stone has not been so much finely- cut, as dropped and smashed. Hopefully a few splinters will add a little sparkle within the glorious and infinite jewelry box of BOOKS.


Interested in reviewing audiobooks? Contact Jess at TheAudioBookWorm

Books Can Save the World- Guest Post by Misty Phillip

I love to study the Bible and I read a lot of non-fiction books. That is my jam, my happy place, and where I live. Recently, I attended the Broken and Free tour. Over the course of the evening, we were ushered into the presence of God and worshiped the Lord with Christy Nockels. I sat in awe listening to inspiring messages of Ann Voskamp, Rebekah Lyons, and Christy Nockels.

I met the author Rebekah Lyons for the first time at the Broken and Free tour. I wasn’t familiar with her or her work, but as she shared her message, I was captivated by what she shared. I loved her message of freedom and felt like we are probably kindred spirits, since we both know the joy and the pain of raising a special needs son. As soon as I got home I ordered her book You are Free: Be Who You Already Are from Amazon and couldn’t wait to dive into it as soon as it arrived.

The forward of You are Free is written by New York Times best-selling author, Ann Voskamp. Ann is a beautiful poetic author who weaves tales of joy and pain in a way that only she can. She is raw and she is real. This book had me from the moment I began reading.

This book contains so much wisdom and truth! I sat down with a colored pen and soaked in each chapter, underlining and highlighting the message of being free and the one who makes you free. This first chapter is called To Be Free. I love the way Rebekah Lyons uses short chapters that are packed full of truth. Each chapter title takes you further down the road to freedom. Stops along the way include Free to Wait, Free to Rest, and Free to Celebrate.

Rebekah believes that freedom is for anyone who wants it. I love the way Rebekah uses her chapters, each one revealing parts of her journey from anxiety to freedom. The end of each chapter concludes with thought-provoking questions that guide you through a journey of freedom. Linking our stories together with each other and the One who gives us freedom. From New York City all the way to Tennesse, Rebekah shares the power of God with her reader.

I devoured this book, and now am a huge fan of Rebekah and her work! I would highly recommend you pick up this book and find a group of friends to read it with. If you are interested in more books like this, visit my blog ( where you can find more book reviews like this and I give away new books every month!


Misty Phillip is a Christian blogger at

Misty is wife and best best friend to Peter, and mom to 3 amazing boys. Misty left her corporate job 16 years to homeschool her boys and thus began an adventure of a life time! Misty’s writing has been featured on several blogs, is a contributor for the Biblical-Literacy Prayer Points, and is currently writing her first Bible Study.

Books Can Save the World- Guest post by Tiffany Shand

Guest Post – How Books Gave Me a Career

Books can mean a lot of different things to different people. Some people books are a form of escapism, a way of learning new things or the answer to solving a problem. Ask the person what books mean to them and you’ll be sure to get dozens of different answers.

I’ve been reading books from an early age. One of my earliest memories is of reading books. I used to love reading books about animals. Being an only child, books gave me an escapism. I loved reading about different worlds and seeing places through the character’s eyes. When I was five I started writing short stories – which were mostly about my pets. I especially liked writing about my border collie, Jack and my hamster, Hammy. After reading so much I think writing just came naturally to me.

As I got older books became more a part of my life and I started reading different genres, fantasy always being my favourite genre. When I left school at thirteen due to health problems and became home-schooled I didn’t know what to do with myself. Going from school to home schooling was a big change. Reading definitely helped me cope with the sudden change. I did lose out on the social aspects of school due to always being off sick all the time or going to the hospital to have more tests done. But this also provided me with the time to actually sit down and write.

I mainly started writing short stories in my late teens or short novels that rarely ever got completed. Although I read a lot of different genres including history, romance, crime and adventure fantasy was the genre that always drew me in both the reading and writing. Since there are no limitations with what you can read or write when it comes to fantasy.

After my grandparents bought me a writing course for my 16th birthday, they encouraged me to start pursuing writing more. I did start the course by found the concept of writing professionally pretty scary so I only did the first assignment and then let the course just sit there for a few more years. I did carry on writing and indulging my love of reading over that time. But the course sat there forgotten. I did try going back to a few times but never drew me back in.

Over the past few years as my health declined, reading and writing became an outlet to help with chronic pain and illness. During that time also went to college and started studying law but because of my health problems, I reluctantly had to stop pursuing my dream career. For a while I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life, working in law had always been my main focus. This inspired me to go back to the writing course and start going over the assignments again. Luckily the course provider was happy to let me start doing the course again despite the number of years that passed since I’d first gotten and started it. I had a great and encouraging tutor who gave me some great feedback on my work and where I was going wrong. During that time, I still carried on writing novels but doing the writing course introduced me to other forms of writing. I even started writing non-fiction which was something I never imagined I would do. I always thought I couldn’t write non-fiction and I would be bad at it.

After some encouragement and nagging from my grandparents, I finally decided to go ahead and complete my first proper novel and see about getting it published. At the time, I knew nothing about publication or how books even got published. Luckily, I had a chance to meet another author who mentioned to me about self-publishing. I’d never even heard of self-publishing at the time I didn’t really know what it entailed. One of the hurdles on my road to publication was that typing on a computer became very hard due to having very painful hands so I switched to using a voice recognition software called Dragon Naturally Speaking. Without that, I wouldn’t be able to do any of the things that I do.

I decided to have a go at publishing my first novel myself. I’m a very independent person so self-publishing was the right route for me. Despite a lot of ups and downs with bad editors and bad formatters, I published my first ever fantasy novel in March 2015.

After completing my creative writing course, I later went on to study copywriting, proofreading and social media marketing through the College of Media and Publishing. These courses really inspired me and gave me the confidence the start working from home. I love being an editor and helping other authors to have their work looking the best they can be. This helped me realise that I want help other authors like myself and teach them about the business side of publishing and being an author.

So books can really help change and shape a person and even give them a career when I thought I would never have one.


Tiffany Shand was born in Essex, UK and started writing short stories when she was a child.

She has always done writing in one form or another and started writing novels in her early teens.

Tiffany loves to read books and discovered her love for fantasy and paranormal romance during this time.

She writes both non-fiction and fiction, but mostly fantasy and paranormal romance.

After doing a creative writing course in her early 20s she is now a freelance writer and professional proofreader. She is currently studying for a journalism degree.

Tiffany lives in Essex with her two spoiled cats and one very nutty hamster.

Find Tiffany on:
@tiffanyshand on Twitter

Books Can Save the World~Guest Post by Alecia Stone

Thank you for having me as your guest today. My name is Alecia Stone, author of the T.O.E. trilogy (YA Fantasy). I’m here to share my thoughts on the topic of books saving the world – okay, not literally saving the world but rather how they can steer the wheel in a direction that will hopefully result in a brighter future for generations to come. Before I ventured into writing novels, I didn’t really think about the true impact books had on the world. I was aware of the impact they had on people as individuals, whether it be you connecting with characters who are dealing with life experiences similar to your own or maybe you’re inspired to take action, to make a difference to a cause that’s important to you or a loved one, but the notion of how books affect the world never really penetrated my thoughts. After I wrote my trilogy, however, because of the focus of my books, that being Earth and the way in which we perceive the world, I was forced to delve deeper into the significance of books and their role in sustaining a thriving reality. Do books really have a major effect on how our reality is shaped? Do they form the consciousness of our world?

Well, absolutely. There is nothing more motivating or more informative than words. People take books more seriously than almost any other form of writing. After all, Darwin changed the way we think about the world with his book On Origin of Species, not to mention The Bible, the Qur’an, the Oxford Dictionary, to name just a few books that have paved the way for a more detailed exploration of existence, ideologies that we live by today. Could you imagine what the world would be like without these books or doctrines? I imagine you’ll find it hard to visualise a world not conditioned by the dominant philosophies of life as it is being taught today. Just try it. Think of something new. No, morphemes or portmanteaus are prohibited.

To conjure up something remotely original, you’ll have to delve into what you already know. Hence, a world without books is a world without oxygen. You can’t have one without the other. Books are a documentation of life, a timeline of the ages to condition humans towards constant progression. You can always refer to them as guidelines to interpreting reality so we can all communicate and build a world that can sustain our existence. Without books, we would always feel as though we’re floating in outer space, not having a purpose or a destination. Libraries are the earth’s Book of Life. Inside is all the knowledge of the known, and that knowledge allows us to explore the unknown. That exploration into the unknown is what we call change.

Yes, change can be a terrifying ordeal, but, as history has proven, it’s necessary for evolution. That’s not to say I believe that we evolved from apes, mind you. I’m just saying that if we wish to continue with progress (saving the world, so to speak), altering our beliefs occasionally is a necessity. Think about it. If we never embrace change, we’d still be walking around thinking the world was flat. But we’re not. Today, the world is round. Tomorrow, it could be something else. Who knows? If you do, please remember to write it down. Be a part of saving the world.

“All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs. So how do we change? The most effective way is to get your brain to associate massive pain to the old belief. You must feel deep in your gut that not only has this belief cost you pain in the past, but it’s costing you in the present and, ultimately, can only bring you pain in the future. Then you must associate tremendous pleasure to the idea of adopting an empowering new belief” – Anthony Robbins

Books aren’t merely written to inform and entertain. They instill order, providing a foundation for progression. There is no future in chaos. Chaos is all about the now. Saving the world is about continuity, which has been evident in previous civilisations as we’ve seen inscribed on cave walls and historical landmarks like pyramids and other ancient artifacts. The consciousness of today is the reality of yesterday. We are living by the experiences of ancient civilisations, and we need to continue this mindset for future generations. Books are the fruits of our labour that only future generations can experience. If we do not document our life experiences, then future civilisations will be left in chaos, and out of chaos comes extinction. Ask the animal kingdom. They know a thing or two about extinction.

I can definitely say that past generations have influenced me in regards to acknowledging my environment and documenting my experiences, and in vision of today’s consciousness, I have written a young adult fantasy trilogy titled Talisman Of El (T.O.E.), a series that employs both supernatural agencies and scientific theories to better understand how the world is being shaped and to adjust to inevitability. This series of books is my take on this reality, and I hope it will be useful to future generations when it comes to forming an understanding of their own reality.

Thanks for reading!

Alecia Stone

   About the Author:

Alecia Stone graduated with a BA in Film & TV and has worked in television for a short period before branching out into storytelling. Alecia loves anything and everything paranormal. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys going to the movies, listening to music and traveling. At present, Alecia lives in England, United Kingdom with her family. You can connect with her at her website and her book blog

Books Can Save the World~ Guest Post by Eli Celata

The Embrace of Books

There’s magic in the written word. In an instant, you are transported. I grew up beside Harry, Ron, and Hermione, racing through the halls of Hogwarts. When the One Ring needed to be dropped in Mt. Doom, I volunteered beside Frodo. I’ve fought alongside the Mockingjay. My entire life has been lived in side-quests hidden in the pages of another person’s mind. Fiction held me, and I never doubted the love I felt for those characters. Fantasy bears pathos with ease.

On the other hand, nonfiction has a bad habit outside of biographies of being objective to the point of apathy. Tragedies become facts. Facts may be filed away. Nodded at and recited with idle thoughts. Such objectivism has a purpose. It allows us to acquire information which might otherwise shatter us. However, that same distance may be used to ignore the grievances of others. That ignorance may be used to repeat the horrors of the past. As they say, we are doomed to replicate what has been if we are unaware or unwilling to bear the truth of it.

This, more than anything, is why I find anthropological ethnographies so important. Cultural anthropologies – or the biological who enjoy the multi-disciplinary approach – aim to present fact with the emotive. Personalizing those we would otherwise not meet. Anthropologists are not the only ones to write this way. In fact, the first one I read was written by a journalist – Eduardo Galeano.

While sensationalism storms to mind with most newspapers these days, Galeano used writing to reinvigorate cultural memory. He believed the Americas – specifically Latin America – was obsessed with forgetting. Forgetting – in the end – solves nothing. My first experience of Galeano’s writing was in his work – The Book of Embraces. Parts of it were semi-autobiographical while others mixed dreams, reports, and oddities. Though I enjoyed his musings on his life in Uruguay, it was his repetitions of others lives which I found most astounding.

One story, in particular, sticks in my mind. A pair of twin brothers fought side by side in a rebel conflict. Within their battalion was a photographer. After a battle, the photographer moved around the zone taking pictures and looking for the brothers. The photographer found the two together. One brother leaned against a bullet-ridden wall holding the other in his arms. Their guns were abandoned at their feet in the shape of a cross. It was an ideal shot – a summation of the conflict, but the photographer couldn’t take the picture. One brother likely dead, the other stared blankly ahead. In simple, undeniable facts – Galeano told the anecdote far better than I could herein repeat it, but I saw the twins in my head. I saw the photographer checking the light, lining up the shot, and failing to take the photograph.

Galeano didn’t have to tell me the moral. This wasn’t a parable that needed to be spoken for. This was the photograph. A picture might have projected the image, but its lack thereof embedded the truth within my mind where it will likely remain until my death. There are worlds too powerful to share, but we muscle through and find a way to bear them. Those moments – the ones we dare not photograph – they exist in books. No movie can capture them in full. No picture can convey the third party – the photographer – so well. For in reading Galeano’s words, I bore the agony of all three men: the agony of death, the agony of dying, and the agony of futility. How better could I know this conflict than with that pain? How better could I foster empathy for those afflicted save with that pain? And it was a book that gave that pain to me.

The world is a strange place. One lifetime is not enough to capture all there is to see, to do, to read, but still, we try. Still, we write more. Books preserve lives. They hold them for view and broaden the minds of those who read them. I have lived more lives than I shall ever lose to death in books, and each face I see there is a face I see in the world. They are an inspiration for sonder. Seven billion lives exist on Earth as complex as either of us, dear reader. If a book can remind you of that, it has given you the world.