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I enjoy reminiscing about our earliest years with Giti and her language learning. My husband, Hafiz, and I were graduate students at Indiana University and interested in everything there was to know about life. When I found out I was pregnant, I never doubted that our child would read. I had spent entire days in my childhood whipping through piles of library books and swapping Nancy Drew and Judy Bolton books with cousins. My husband had taught himself to read under the most miserable of circumstances, and begged for paper and pen in a Central Asian village where neither could easily be found. Even as struggling students, we would always buy books before clothes, and treasure owning them. We remain infatuated with the special feel of libraries. How could we not share these emotions with the newest member of our family?

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