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    I'm in the middle of a 25-city book tour, and I like watching what people buy in bookstores. I see people buy books that I strongly suspect they will never read, and as an author, I must tell you, I don't mind this one bit. We buy books aspirationally.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: people  mind  book  author  read 
     
    For the record, I have long suspected that my favorite book is actually 'Charlotte's Web.'
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: book 
     
    My grandparents used to bring me books every time they saw me.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: time  book 
     
    On some level, I think we want our reading self to represent our best self.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: self  reading 
     
    When I first started writing, I used to listen to music all the time because it would make time pass more quickly. And then I started to wonder if the music wasn't affecting my writing in ways that I didn't necessarily intend.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: time  wonder  music  writing 
     
    I hadn't ever felt any particular calling to be a novelist, and I clearly remember telling a friend of mine about six months before I started work on 'Elsewhere' that I would never write a novel.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: work  friends  novel  write 
     
    People choose to read, and it takes effort. It's not one of those hobbies that asks nothing of the person who is doing it. It's more than a hobby.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: people  read 
     
    I'm like a unicorn; I'm a midlist writer who hasn't done anything else but write. But because I wasn't amazingly famous, I didn't become Stephanie Meyer, or even a huge literary name like a Jonathan Franzen or a Joshua Ferris.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: write 
     
    I'm very privy to the way bookstores work, and I think a lot about the ecosystem that my books have been published in. I think it's great to be aware of how publishing works.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: work  book 
     
    In a way, publishing in 2005 was similar to publishing in 1950. Nobody kept blogs; that was still optional. I didn't even have a website then.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    Writing blurbs for books means you have to read the book, and it cuts into the business of bookselling. So every time I get a blurb from a bookseller, I try to write a thank you note.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: time  writing  book  write  read  business 
     
    I knew I wanted to do something creative, and you don't necessarily go to Harvard to do that. It's not the best choice for creative writing.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: choice  writing  creative 
     
    I myself am mixed race - my mother is Korean, and my father is an American Jew - so I've always felt other.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: father  mother  race  american 
     
    I like to believe, as a writer, that anybody who isn't a reader yet has just not found the right book.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: believe  right  book 
     
    Sometimes, readers, when they're young, are given, say, a book like 'Moby Dick' to read. And it is an interesting, complicated book, but it's not something that somebody who has never read a book before should be given as an example of why you'll really love to read, necessarily.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: young  book  read  example 
     
    I think you can do a lot, like describing people with their physical characteristics, things like that, but to me, I've always found it to be a much more informative question to ask somebody what they read.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: people  questions  read 
     
    When I was in my twenties and broke, I'd buy books before food. A meal will sustain you for a few hours, a good book will sustain you for life.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: food  book 
     
    It was odd to have something so personal out there in that way, but the good thing about art is that no one necessarily knows what you mean by it anyway.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: personal 
     
    ...lies can sound awfully pretty when a girl is in love with the person telling them.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: people  lies  girls 
     
    They should tell you when you're born: have a suitcase heart, be ready to travel.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: travel  heart 
     
    Intimacy doesn't have all that much to do with backseats of cars. Real intimacy is brushing your teeth together.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: real  intimacy 
     
    I did learn something about insanity while I was down there. People go crazy, not because they are crazy, but because it's the best available option at the time.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: time  people  insanity  crazy  learn 
     
    A place isn't a place until it has a bookstore.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    Love stories are written in millimeters and milliseconds with a fast, dull pencil whose marks you can barely see, they are written in miles and eons with a chisel on the side of a mountiantop
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: stories 
     
    Diving is a leap of faith plus gravity.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: faith 
     
    Sorry but nothing of much importance ever happened to me...I'm just a girl who forgot to look both ways before crossing the street.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: girls  sorry 
     
    In the end, the end of a life only matters to friends, family, and other folks you used to know. For everyone else, it's just another end.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: friends 
     
    We aren't the things we collect, acquire, read. We are, for as long as we are here, only love. The things we loved. The people we loved. And these, I think these really do live on.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: people  live  read 
     
    The things we respond to at twenty are not necessarily the same things we will respond to at forty and vice versa. This is true in books and also in life
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: true  book 
     
    Covers matter. In my experience, a different cover can make you think you're reading an entirely different book.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: experience  reading  book 
     
    Death is a state of mind--many people on Earth spend their entire lives dead.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: death  people  live  earth 
     
    We are not quite novels. We are not quite short stories. In the end, we are collected works
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: work  novel  stories 
     
    It was strange, really. A couple months ago, I had thought I couldn't live without him. Apparently I could.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: live  thoughts 
     
    I do believe that food lobbies exert enormous, at times insidious, power over what we eat, that our water supplies are not being protected as much as they probably should be and that, in general, people are more interested in smart phones than museums.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: time  smart  people  power  food  believe  water 
     
    Someday, we'll run into each other again, I know it. Maybe I'll be older and smarter and just plain better. If that happens, that's when I'll deserve you. But now, at this moment, you can't hook your boat to mine, because I'm liable to sink us both.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: moment 
     
    Ask two people to tell you anything, you'll get two versions. Even easy things like directions, let alone important or semi-controversial topics like why a fight started or what a person was generally like. If you don't know something for yourself, you just can't be sure.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: people  alone  fight 
     
    I don't believe in writer's block.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: believe 
     
    That Woman is in love with her own grief.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: women  grief 
     
    It was such a sweet, sad song with such sweet, sad lyrics. Old-fashioned a little, but also timeless.
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: sad  song  lyrics 
     
    Well, for one, you have to remember not to scream. Once you have their attention, whispering is much more effective. Screaming ghosts scare people, you know
    — Gabrielle Zevin
    tags: people  attention  ghost 
     
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