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you not only learn something new, but you develop a deep respect for people around the globe. Books are the visual and emo- tional connection that you have with other places and it is so strong that no amount of media controversy can break it. You feel that you have lived among those other people your whole life or rather their whole life and you begin to understand their points of view. The things that appalled you at first, now you seem to accept them in stride, because you start to understand their perspective and see things in a new light. When you read Exodus by Leon Uris, you will be dying to visit the deserts of Israel and live on Kibbutz. Or you might want to move to the cold and frigid land of Norway after reading Penge- mannen (Fear Not) by Anne Hol. Or, you might be teary-eyed by the end of the book Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and might want to applaud him for his life journey and his determination to fight for women’s rights. Whether it is Bringing Up Bebe, The Name- sake, Memoirs Of A Geisha, The Kite Runner, or A Thousand Splendid Suns, you will find yourself in the heart of another culture. New colors will coat your entire being, until you will feel that you are covered by the knowledge of a foreign culture and that is an exciting feeling, much like the first time you sky dive. Getting to know other people and their life story is a journey that you will make repeatedly without any regret." 26