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10. Do you agree with Lucy when she writes: "You think you can't go home again? It's the only place you can ever go"? (p. 301)

11. Does one have to first become a parent—or, in Lucy's case, a parent proxy—in order to come to terms with one's own parents?

12. Books have been written and accessible for only a fraction of humankind's time on earth. Can you imagine living in a world without literature? How might your life have turned out differently if there were no books to read?

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