David Baldacci: By the Book – NYTimes.com

What kind of reader were you as a child? Your favorite book? Most beloved character?

I was a library rat. Libraries are the mainstays of democracy. The first thing dicta

tors do when taking over a country is close all the libraries, because libraries are full of ideas and differences of opinion, all the things we say we want in a free and open society. So keep ‘em, fund ‘em, embrace and cherish ‘em. Growing up, I loved the series of biographies of famous people, but which chronicled only their childhoods. It made me think anything was possible with my life. Beloved characters mostly involved animals with human characteristics. I could never get enough. My psychiatrist says he’s very close to an answer on that one.

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