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  • There is a tradition in my family of giving away books. Both of my grandfathers did this. Once, my father bought a box full of books: copies of a memoir by social justice activist Dorothy Day. He handed them out to strangers on the street. I recently gave away my first book. It was J. D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye." A critic once described Chaim Potok's book "The Chosen" by saying, "It makes you want to buttonhole strangers in the street to be certain they know it's around." This is the way my family feels about many stories. We'd love to share them with the whole world.

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