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“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.”

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

“You - you alone will have the stars as no one else has them…In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night…You - only you - will have stars that can laugh.”

"To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world….”

Above quotes are from the most famous novella of French writer, poet and aviatore Antoine de Saint-Exupery,  the Little Prince.

It has been translated into more than 190 languages and has sold more than 80 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling books ever published. But that is not what makes this book so precious. It is most commonly classified as a “children’s book”, but i have a feeling it is truly intended for “grown-up”. Children still remember and know simple truths described in the book, they haven’t forgotten yet…

Whoever you are, whatever age, profession, believe, or country you belong to, pick u[p this book. You will never look at the stars the same, you will smile at every rose, and more importantly you will somehow remember what it’s like to be a child again.

This book is available now Amazon, Barnes & Noble your local book store, and

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'Women, you owe her everything!”…

'Women, you owe her everything!” - So read the headline announcing Simone de Beauvoir's death (featured today by ReadomBooks) in April 1986. More about Simone de Beauvoir and her relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre from the Guardian here and here.

Unveil France

"France … loves at the same time history and the drama, because the one explores the vast destinies of humanity, and the other the individual lot of man. - Alfred de Vigny
"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."Ernest Hemingway

"The Frenchman is first and foremost a man. He is likeable often just because of his weaknesses, which are always thoroughly human, even if despicable." Henry Miller

This week we will be highlighting France, its tremendous culture, history and, of course, it’s rich literary tradition.

Join us for what promises to be an amazing journey through France.

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2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Shortlist (Just) Announced

Julian Barnes, Carol Birch, Patrick deWitt, Esi Edugyan, Stephen Kelman and A.D. Miller are today, Tuesday 6 September, announced as the six shortlisted authors for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

The complete details are available on The Man Booker Prize website.

The entire Readom team extends our congratulations to all of the shortlisted authors on the well deserved recognition.

Sometimes presentation and images just bring content to life. This is one of those times.

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From Scroll to Screen (via NYT)

Something very important and very weird is happening to the book right now: It’s shedding its papery corpus and transmigrating into a bodiless digital form, right before our eyes. We’re witnessing the bibliographical equivalent of the rapture. If anything we may be lowballing the weirdness of it all.

The opening paragraph of Lev Grossman’s From Scroll to Screen via the NYT.

A wonderful look at the evolution and expectations of reading.

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