"At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book - that string of comfused. alien ciphers - shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You become, irrevocably, a reader."
"Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."
"She reads books quickly and compulsively, paperback after paperback, as if she might drift away without the anchor oof the printed page."