Librarian Heroes/Book Rescues Today on NPR's "The Diane Rehm Show," Rehm featured author Aliza Marcus, who witnessed the destruction of Kurdish libraries.  Marcus spoke eloquently of the librarians who risked their lives, and sometimes, in fact, died, trying to rescue texts. http://www.wamu.org/programs/dr/  What texts would you try to save if our culture, and your life, depend on their salvation?

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I would save the complete works of Evelyn Waugh, James Joyce, Graham Green, and Oscar Wilde.

I don't know what the world would do without those snarky fellows.

I might also save the works of Thomas Hardy, but that would make everyone depressed, so I'd have to take Davis Sedaris...

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I would save the complete works of Evelyn Waugh, James Joyce, Graham Green, and Oscar Wilde.

I don't know what the world would do without those snarky fellows.

I might also save the works of Thomas Hardy, but that would make everyone depressed, so I'd have to take Davis Sedaris too, you know, to counter the snooty British writers with a snooty American one. 

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The Complete Works of Shakespeare (most recent Oxford ed.)
The Bible (both Old and New Testaments)
The Qur'an
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Stand
Beowulf
The Iliad and The Odyssey
Oedipus Rex
Pride and Prejudice
A Tale of Two Cities
The Three Musketeers
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

I know I will think of more and will probably add more to this topic...What a horrible thought, though!  It makes me grateful yet again to live where I live and be able to read and own the books that I want, and to be able to teach them to new generations of kids.

Maybe someone else can come up with non-fiction books that would be critical for our world culture to survive???  All I could think of were the stories, the stories, the stories, that would be lost.

I'm going to sit down and enjoy a good book today that I haven't read in a long time...and be thankful that I have the freedom to do so.

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