Gretchen Rubin

If You Could Visit Your “Neverland,” What Shape Would It Take?

If You Could Visit Your “Neverland,” What Shape Would It Take?

"John lived in a boat turned upside down on the sands, Michael in a wigwam, Wendy in a house of leaves deftly sewn together. John had no friends, Michael had friends at night, Wendy had a pet wolf forsaken by its parents; but on the whole the Neverlands have a family resemblance, and if they stood in a row you could say of them that they have each other’s nose, and so forth. On these magic shores children at play are for ever beaching their coracles. We too have been there; we can still hear the sound of the surf, though we shall land no more."

--J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan

If you've never read the book Peter Pan, you really don't know the story. It's a deeply, deeply strange and powerful book.

Reading it inspired me to read the biography of J. M. Barrie, Andrew Birkin's J. M. Barrie and the Lost Boys: The Real Story Behind Peter Pan -- a book that changed my life. So many books have changed my life! This one definitely makes the list.

What books have changed your life?

And do you know what shape your "Neverland" would take?

Peter Pan definitely makes my life of my "81 Favorite Works of Children's and Young-Adult Literature." If you want a copy of my list, email me here.

I'm going to London later in the year, and I definitely want to visit the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens -- that's something I've been meaning to do for a long time.

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