Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pocket-Size Pleasures

Emily Fragos, Editor

As soon as I went inside, I saw it! Reposing on the 'New Acquisitions' shelf near the library entrance, sat the prettiest and tiniest of books. Having a penchant for books that fit comfortably in a hand or purse, I had to see what it was about.

Slightly larger than a 4 x 6 index card, I was delighted to find a new Pocket Poet edition of Emily Dickinson's remarkable letters. And since I'd never read any of her letters, I considered it a perfect find for my summer reading.

"(This) 'selection of letters provides a fuller picture of the eccentric recluse of legend, showing how immersed in life she was: we see her tending her garden; baking bread; marking the marriages, births, and deaths of those she loved; reaching out for intellectual companionship; and confessing her personal joys and sorrows. These letters, invaluable for the light they shed on their author, are, as well, a pure pleasure to read.' excerpt from

Here are a few pocket-size snippets for your pocket-size pondering:

"Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it."

"I find ecstasy in living; the mere sense of living is joy enough."

"Love makes us 'heavenly' without our trying in the least."

"A death-blow is a life blow to some
Who, till they died, did not alive become;
Who, had they lived, had died, but when
They died, vitality begun."

Any pocket-size pleasures for you today?


  1. I love this! For years I carried around a book of sayings that my 12th grade advisor had given me. What is it about having a little snippet of something wonderful? It is rather like a sip of cool water on a hot, sultry day, isn't it??

  2. She would have been an amazing blogger, don't you think? Her privacy protected, yet she could reach out in safety and connect with the like-minded. Thank you for telling about this little book.

  3. How wonderful! Who says size doesn't matter?! Speaking of 'good things in small packages' Thank you for the lovely gift. :)

  4. Pocket Size Pleasure, what a great idea.

    The book of poetry is beautiful!!
    The colors, design and size.

    (have missed you!)

  5. This looks like a book to add to my ever-growing list. I enjoy Emily Dickinson's poetry and her letters would, as the blurb says, give a fuller picture of her life.

    Thanks for sharing. Now I'm off to explore the link.

  6. what a find, a fun book to cherish in quiet moments


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