When I bought this book, the cashier told me, “Oooh I ugly cried reading that book.”
I was taken aback and then intrigued. That’s probably the best recommendation I’ve ever heard for a book. Not only does it bare the emotions of the person who is willing to admit that, but it also means that there is something between the pages of the cover that connects to the very deep part of what it means to be human.
She was right.
To quote John Green:
The real heroes anyway aren’t the people doing things; the real heroes are the people NOTICING things, paying attention. The guy who invented the smallpox vaccine didn’t actually invent anything. He just noticed that people with cowpox didn’t get smallpox.
The cashier noticed me. She noticed the book I chose and she noticed an opportunity for connecting to another human being.
Time for me to return the favor.