Discuss how a simple request for books that is the basis of the letters becomes a respectful relationship that grows through the years. Do you think the same sort of relationships grow out of emails between strangers in today's society? Why or why not?
Discuss how the love of language and the craft of writing are important to the people in the book on both sides of the Atlantic.
Discuss how Helene finds a valuable connection in reading the words that many others have read before her.
What does Helene mean when she says she developed her "peculiar taste in books" from a Cambridge professor? Do you think she actually met this person in the library or "fell over" his book? Do you think she means literally "fell over" or metaphorically?
Cecily and the rest of the bookstore employees are intrigued about Helene. Discuss what ideas they have...
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