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The reading of life

A story about a grandfather, a box of old books, and the meaning of success

By David Mehegan
Globe Staff / December 23, 2006

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About six months ago, my brother telephoned: "Do you want the Five-Foot Shelf?" I said, "If you don't want it, I'll take it." A few days later, several cardboard boxes sat outside my back door. Inside were my grandfather's "Harvard Classics: The Five-Foot Shelf of Books," 51 volumes, bound in red, with the Harvard shield and motto ("Veritas") on the ... (Full article: 2530 words)

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