Many years ago, I listened to readings from "The Disappearance" by Genevieve Jurgensen on This American Life. It was on an episode called "Where Words Fail". I purchased the book, read it, and placed it back on my book shelf.
I used to have a lot of books but now? Not so much. I recycle books. I find them in odd places and pass them along when I'm done.
Except for a few. The books that I have kept are littered with marginalia and underlined passages. I have a couple of index card files filled with quotes that I have copied down, words and phrases that roll around in my head and heart.
I never realized that The Disappearance had a subtitle until I pulled it off the shelf yesterday. "A Primer of Loss".
Sometimes, the things we need most are right there in our hands.