the book heart: no. 2 (a simple machine, like the lever)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


I picked up A Simple Machine, Like the Lever, by Evan P. Schneider in Powell's one day. I brought it to the cafe and read the beginning and debated about buying it for a while. Then I got to a passage which described the act of riding your bike at night, under the streetlights, and how your shadow appears again and again. 

The book is now in storage, or I would quote directly. But, I did buy it. That passage sealed the deal for me as I had always noticed that when I rode my bike at night and never expected to find such a beautiful description of it.

I read it slowly, which for me is a feat. I read a chapter every morning while I ate breakfast. It's a book, ultimately, about appreciating the small parts of life. I won't rehash the plot. But the language is beautiful and the main character is full of dry humor.

Has anyone else read it?

(The book heart is a place books go when they move you. It’s a place for you to keep all of those books, all of those plots and stories and all of those little moments. This is a series I will be starting chronicling the books that have become a part of me. I hope you'll enjoy, and that maybe these books can become a part of you as well.) 

1 comment :

  1. But you had to write down the description the book had. Share it fully ;)
    Btw, I'm waiting for you to come back and see the pictures (:
    Hope you're having a blast.


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