One of the great, I want to say super, powers of writing is the ability it has of taking us to a different time and place. As Uncle Stevie tells us "books are a portable magic." They allow us to imagine a life of a daredevil British secret agent, or a queen in the middle ages, all without leaving our seat in a doctor's waiting room.
It can also let us examine the issue we deal with on a day to day basis. Literature allows us to look at conflict at a distance. Because it is happening to a made up character in a made up scenario, we can examine events more objectively. In doing so, we can work through them.
What books let you get away from it all? What helps you pull yourself together? Let me know in the comments.
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