Any time we ask you all about your favorite Oliver Sacks quotes, there’s one excerpt that comes up again and again, a section of one of the essays included in Gratitude:
“I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers.
Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.”
As we near the end of a turbulent and challenging year, we’re using the holidays as an excuse to remember what we’re thankful for, and Dr. Sacks’s essays on what it means to live a good and worthwhile life are always helpful for putting things into perspective. We’ve put together a small gift guide, below, for Oliver Sacks books that might make sense for the people on your list this year. And don’t forget to shop early and shop indie! Local bookstores need our support this year more than ever.