For example—an ancient postcard, a pressed flower, a faded photo, a yellowed newspaper clipping, or a forgotten letter. These are the items often secreted between the pages by a former owner that a new book will never offer. Sometimes it is a simple inscription on the flyleaf, scrawled in a spidery hand: “Dear Mary Ellen, I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Affectionately, Aunt Emily.” Or--a silk bookmark embroidered with rosebuds.
These are the things that make my heart stop--mementos from another time, another place, another person. Evidence that this book has been shared by another reader.