Favorite Quotes on Books and Reading

"A book is a gift you can open again and again." Garrison Keillor

Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.” Jane Yolen

"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." Oscar Wilde

"Books have furnished, burnished, and enabled my life." Julia Keller

Monday, July 11, 2011

OUTLANDER 20th Anniversary

If you haven't read any of the Outlander series from Diana Gabaldon, then now is the time to start. This summer marks the 20th Anniversary of the release of Outlander, the first in this historical/romance series. 

I was introduced to the Outlander series last summer as part of the Kanawha County Public Library's summer reading program. I only had to read one book, which I did, but I was hooked. I went on to read almost all of the books in this series between August and October. I had the opportunity to meet Ms. Gabaldon at the WV Book Festival in October of 2010 during an author meet-and-greet and hear her speak about her books and works-in-progress. (If you ever get the opportunity to hear Ms. Gabaldon then run and grab a seat because her books are phenomenal and she is a captivating and highly entertaining speaker!).

You can order the 20th anniversary book directly from the publisher, Random House by clicking here OR from a variety of other online sellers including Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

Publisher's notes on this edition:

Twenty years ago, Diana Gabaldon swept readers into her mesmerizing world brimming with history, romance, and adventure. In celebration of the series that has captured the heart of millions, here is a special 20th anniversary edition of the novel that started it all—including a new essay, a new map, a CD with Outlander the musical, and more.
The year is 1945. Claire Randall is traveling with her husband when she touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is hurled back in time to a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord 1743. Catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, she soon realizes that an alliance with James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, might be the only way to survive. Thus begins a work of unrivaled storytelling that has become a modern classic.

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