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Canada Book Week

Nancy Drew: The Clue in the Jewel Box CBC has been loaded with talk this week about books: people's favorite, most influential etc. You can't help but think about it.

I remember books I read as a child that still influence me. Someone was talking one day about Nancy Drew Mystery Stories that my age group read. They suggested that they made girls think independently and made us think that we were more capable of solving problems than we thought.

Being of a family of girls and going to a girls-only school, and maybe reading too many Nancy Drew books, certainly didn't help me to know my place when I got "out in the world" as many of my male colleagues can testify. I love books and could not live without them around and even if I don't get to read them all it is like Winston Churchill said about sometimes not getting to read all of them, but just handling then, seeing them on the shelf or dusting them - something enters the soul and you are enriched.

Written Friday, April 28, 2000 at 03:50 PM

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