July 25th, 2002

sc lara

Your family saga in 8-12 cardboard boxes

Today at the library we got one of those "someone REALLY cleaned out the attic" book donations. Typically, these include 10 years of paperback bestsellers, a 20-year old encyclopedia set, all the books someone had in their office upon retirement, etc. You can learn a lot about a person by the books they've collected in x number of years.

You can also learn about a person by the pieces of paper, newspaper clippings, and other ephemera they've stashed in books, or that have fallen to the bottom of the 20 year old cardboard box marked "Winter hats and scarves 1983"

Meet the Starr* family.

I say "family" because I didn't just get one life history today, I got at least two. After sorting through their discarded books and papers, I feel like I know the Starrs. Or at least, know enough about them to have a sense of their history. I certainly know they didn't throw books out very often.

* (named changed)

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