Mary Ann Shaffer was born 1 January 1934, and died 1 February 2008
- That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It’s geometrically progressive - all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.
- Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.
- I love seeing the bookshops and meeting the booksellers— booksellers really are a special breed. No one in their right mind would take up clerking in a bookstore for the salary, and no one in his right mind would want to own one— the margin of profit is too small. So, it has to be a love of readers and reading that makes them do it— along with first dibs on the new books.
- Men are more interesting in books than they are in real life.
- We read books, talked books, argued over books and became dearer and dearer to one another.
Shaffer was an American writer, editor, librarian, and a bookshop worker. She is noted for her posthumously published work The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which she wrote with her niece, Annie Barrows
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