90. Where Did That Book Go?
Samuel was back at the thrift shop. He
walked into the shop with only one goal
mind—to find a book that he had NOT
yesterday. The book was one of seven that
had piled up yesterday. He was going to
all of them. But at the last moment,
changed his mind. He put all seven back
Samuel had a personal library at
that exceeded 1,000 books—almost all unread. He subscribed
seven magazines and one daily newspaper. Samuel had
reading material in his small apartment than he
finish in two lifetimes, yet his urge to
more books raged on.
He finally put his
down. Not one more book, he told himself,
it was really special. Yesterday’s book fit the
. It was a biography of one of his
authors—Stephen King. King is one of America’s most
fiction authors. But it wasn’t easy for King;
in his career, he got hundreds of rejection
. Samuel wanted to be a great writer. King
his role model.
Samuel immediately found one of
books he had piled up yesterday, and then
one. All right, he thought. This was going
be easy. In minutes, he found all the
that he had held in his hands yesterday,
one—the Stephen King book. Gee, what a surprise,
thought. The one book that I want to
is the one book that I can’t find.
took a walk throughout the store, knowing that
often pick up merchandise in one place and
leave it in another place. The book was
thick paperback with a red cover. But it
nowhere to be found.
So for Samuel, the
Hunt was on. He was now a man
a mission. Every thrift shop he went to
involve a search for the King book. This
search added purpose to his thrift shop life.
had held something special in his hands. But
when he let it go did he realize
value. When he found it again, he would
the King book prominently on his bookshelf. It
almost certainly be his favorite book that he
got around to reading.