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Signed, Sealed, Delivered
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The author of the much-admired Tolstoy and the Purple Chair goes on a quest through the history of letters and her own personal correspondence to discover and celebrate what is special about the handwritten letter. Hailed as witty, moving, enlightening, and inspiring, Signed, Sealed, Delivered begins with Nina Sankovitch's discovery of a trove of hundred year-old letters. The letters are in an old steamer trunk she finds in her backyard and include missives written by a Princeton freshman to his mother in the early 1900s. Nina's own son is heading off to Harvard, and she hopes that he will write to her, as the Princeton student wrote to his mother and as Nina wrote to hers. But times have changed. Before Nina can persuade her child of the value of letters, she must first understand for herself exactly what it is about letters that make them so significant--and just why she wants to receive letters from her son. Sankovitch sets off on a quest through the history of letter writing--from the ancient Egyptians to the medieval lovers Abelard and Heloise, from the letters received by President Lincoln after his son's death to the correspondence of Edith Wharton and Henry James. Sankovitch uncovers and defines the specific qualities that make letters so special, examining not only historical letters but also the letters in epistolary novels, her husband's love letters, and dozens more sources, including her son's brief reports from college on the weather and his allowance. In this beautifully written book, Nina Sankovitch reminds us that letters offer proof and legacy of what is most important in life: love and connection. In the end, she finds, the letters we write are even more important than the ones we wait for.
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"I loved this this poignant and inspirational book. Nina Sankovitch brings many lost worlds and characters--from Abelard and Eloise to Edith Wharton--vividly to life through the power of letters. At the same time, she reminds us of all that we have lost since texting has replaced letter writing as a vital connection among humans. A pure delight."--Kati Marton, author of Paris: A Love Story "I challenge you to stop reading "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" after the Queen of Bohemia's flame to the Earl of Carlisle which begins 'Thou ugly, filthy, camel's face...' I know I couldn't."--Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind and Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Ge "Dear reader: I hasten to alert you to an irresistible book exploring personal correspondence across many periods of history and every range of human emotion. If letter-writing is a lost, or at best a vanishing, art, Nina Sankovitch has injected it with new hope and life. Take that, email and twitter. Frankly, I could not put this book down, else I would have written sooner."--Harold Holzer, author of Dear Mr. Lincoln: Letters to the President "How sad to think our children may never get a letter from a friend or a lover, the art of both--the sentiment and penmanship--fading away like an old Polaroid. Nina Sankovitch's lovely, elegant book about the intimacy of letters is rich with treasures from politicians, soldiers, mothers, prisoners, husbands, and wooers. It is a joy to read, savor, and remember."--Lesley Stahl, author of Reporting Live I loved this this poignant and inspirational book. Nina Sankovitch brings many lost worlds and characters from Abelard and Eloise to Edith Wharton vividly to life through the power of letters. At the same time, she reminds us of all that we have lost since texting has replaced letter writing as a vital connection among humans. A pure delight. --Kati Marton, author of Paris: A Love Story" I challenge you to stop reading "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" after the Queen of Bohemia's flame to the Earl of Carlisle which begins Thou ugly, filthy, camel's face... I know I couldn't. --Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind and Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Ge" Dear reader: I hasten to alert you to an irresistible book exploring personal correspondence across many periods of history and every range of human emotion. If letter-writing is a lost, or at best a vanishing, art, Nina Sankovitch has injected it with new hope and life. Take that, email and twitter. Frankly, I could not put this book down, else I would have written sooner. --Harold Holzer, author of Dear Mr. Lincoln: Letters to the President" How sad to think our children may never get a letter from a friend or a lover, the art of both the sentiment and penmanship fading away like an old Polaroid. Nina Sankovitch s lovely, elegant book about the intimacy of letters is rich with treasures from politicians, soldiers, mothers, prisoners, husbands, and wooers. It is a joy to read, savor, and remember. --Lesley Stahl, author of Reporting Live" "I challenge you to stop reading Signed, Sealed, Delivered after the Queen of Bohemia's flame to the Earl of Carlisle which begins 'Thou ugly, filthy, camel's face...' I know I couldn't."--Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind and Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Ge I challenge you to stop reading Signed, Sealed, Delivered after the Queen of Bohemia's flame to the Earl of Carlisle which begins Thou ugly, filthy, camel's face... I know I couldn't. --Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind and Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Ge"

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