'Books Help Us Understand Ourselves and One Another'

"In these fractured times, I believe more than ever that books matter, that they have the potential to help us understand ourselves and one another. And I believe the work that the National Book Foundation does to connect readers everywhere with stories that exemplify the power of literature, while ensuring every person can see themselves reflected in books, is an essential element of personal wholeness and of robust community."

--Ruth Dickey, executive director of the National Book Foundation, reflecting on her first year at the Foundation
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