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Annie Dillards memoir An American Childhood details the authors growing up years and gives the reader many insights into herself Dillard describes many of the things that molded her during her childhood years including family humor nature drawing and sports At various times during her childhood Dillards entire world revolves around one or another of these interests and each of them shape her personality Although Dillards many passions influence her life incredibly it is reading however that most molds her childhood worldview Reading opens the doors through which she eagerly steps her curiosity prompting her to endless discoveries in books Dillards interest in books emerges before she even truly discovers how deeply she will come to love them Early in life books become habitual relief to Dillard she describes her morning-time habits To wake up I read on the sunporch 68 Her world begins to open in books she discovers language similarities between her hometown of Pittsburgh and Scotland in the book Kidnapped which enthralls her enough that her hands were icy from holding Kidnapped up 69 Little did Dillard know as she laid reading Kidnapped that books would have such a profound impact on her life Dillards first serious encounter with reading occurs when a friend two doors down lends her his fathers drawing book She writes that she was amazed that there were books about things one actually did 78 Having already had an interest in drawing for the previous two years Dillards discovery of Kimon Nicolaides The Natural Way to Draw causes drawing to become an all-encompassing passion to her Along with giving her an introduction to drawing The Natural Way to Draw is the first book that Dillard describes as truly exciting Now this book would ignite my fervor for conscious drawing 78 Thus Dillards addiction to reading begins She began reading books reading books to delirium 80 Enraptured by the new worlds at her fingertips she writes I began by
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