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The Namesake is Jhumpa Lahiri's first novel and explores the immigrant experience through the Ganguli family, whose story begins as Ashoke and Ashima uproot their traditional life in Calcutta and move to America shortly after their arranged marriage so Ashoke can attend school at MIT. When Ashima names their child Gogol, the meaning of his name continues to follow him through his life as he navigates the expectations of a first-generation immigrant.
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Hazel's terminal cancer diagnosis has been extended by a few years when she meets a gorgeous boy named Augustus in her support group. Immediately drawn to one another, they agree to read each other's favorite books, launching a whirlwind teenage romance that's full of love and heartbreak.
As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.
It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.
Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.
Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.
Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
There is always something left to love.
Not all those who wander are lost.
Anything worth dying for is certainly worth living for.
They say nothing lasts forever but they're just scared it will last longer than they can love it.
I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
Now that I knew fear, I also knew it was not permanent. As powerful as it was, its grip on me would loosen. It would pass.
Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt.
Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.
We accept the love we think we deserve.
Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all.
When I discover who I am, I'll be free.
What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?
I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart: I am, I am, I am.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Offred can remember enjoying life with her husband and daughter not long ago. Now, trapped in a dystopian present where women are only valued if they have viable ovaries, Offred is the Commander's handmaid, forced to lie down for him once a month and pray she gets pregnant in this
Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!
That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.
If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
For readers looking for a new inspirational read or wondering where some of the greatest lines originated from, here are some of the best literary quotes and the books they came from.
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