I first found the books of Lauren Baratz-Logsted last year when a fellow blogger sent me a copy of Crazy Beautiful, a book I read and loved. Yesterday was the publication date of Lauren’s newest book, The Education of Bet. Set in 19th-century England, it’s the story of a young girl who switches places with a male cousin so she can attend school, a role that’s denied to girls at that time.
To help Lauren celebrate her latest publication date, I joined her one-question tour which is still going strong around the blogisphere.
One of the things I love about most of my favorite books is the beautiful language. I love marking up a book with post-its, underlining passages, or dog-earring pages just so I can go back and reread the words that made me laugh, think, or cry. So my one question for Lauren is:
What is one of your favorite passages from a book or short story?
This is not an easy question – there are so many! But in honor of the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird I’d have to say the part near the end where the narrator talks about the reclusive Boo Radley keeping a protective eye out for “his children” as the seasons change. The first time I read the book was 35 years ago and that time, and every time since, I’ve gotten choked up when I read that part. It’s been said that the highest form of charity is that which is done anonymously and to me that’s what Boo embodies: doing the right thing, not for praise or for public notice, but rather because it’s the right thing to do.
After reading Lauren’s great answer, I know I need to reread To Kill a Mockingbird. I do love the part that Lauren mentions.
Lauren’s next stop for her one-question tour will be over at Nomadreader where she’ll answer a question about her taste in books.
What’s one of your favorite literary passages? Why?