Magazine July 18, 2011, Issue

Ex Libris

(Phil Noble/Reuters)

Miss Straggler, just graduated from high school and with time on her hands, came home the other day with two boxes of secondhand books on the back seat of the car. “Found them outside Book Revue,” she explained, naming the local independent bookstore. “There was a sign saying to please take them.”

The books were mainly fiction. Going through the boxes, I recognized most of the names from idle hours spent mooching around at the newsstands in airports and railroad stations: Maeve Binchy, Stephen Coonts, Dick Francis, Patricia Cornwell . . . Good, capable storytellers, I have no doubt, and on

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