noodle road

"Italy was the only place I'd visited where people described kitchen implements as having souls of their own."
— Jen Lin-Liu, author of On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome with Love and Pasta

"We all make mistakes, don't we? But if you can't forgive yourself, you'll always be an exile in your own life."
— Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Sisterland

"Edwardsville was the first place where I understood what manners were for...They allowed people who may not even have liked each other much to get along effortlessly in the closest quarters. They were a way for tradition, faith, courtesy, and habit to exchange places in a ceaseless dance."
— Lee Sandlin, author of The Distancers: An American Memoir.
bobcat and other stories

"Her contact lenses were the color of a night sky split by lightning."
— Rebecca Lee, author of Bobcat and Other Stories

"Every sane person has to find every day some manner of accommodating the impossible, some way of covering up for the failures of the rational world. This might actually be a reasonable definition of sanity."
— Robert Boswell, Tumbledown
the color master

"I once thought if I traveled in France I would have a different brain, the brain of a girl who travels in France. I saw myself, skipping through meadows in a yellow-and-blue print dress."
— Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master

"Everybody had the same ideas, really. The artists just didn't feel ashamed of their ideas."
— Valerie Trueblood, author of Search Party: Stories of Rescue
what we talk about when we talk about god

"This is one of the reasons we watch movies, attend recovery groups, read memoirs, and sit around campfires telling stories long after the fire has dwindled down to a few glowing embers. It’s written in the Psalms that 'deep calls to deep,' which is what happens when you get a glimpse of what someone else has gone through or is currently in the throes of and you find yourself inextricably, mysteriously linked with that person because you have been reminded again of our common humanity."
— Rob Bell, author What We Talk About When We Talk About God