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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date April 15, 2014
Pages 207
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781451687156
ISBN-10 145168715X
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.74 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $24.95
§As reported by publisher
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: The author of the much-admired Tolstoy and the Purple Chair goes on a quest through the history of letters and her own personal correspondence to discover and celebrate what is special about the handwritten letter.

The author of the much-admired Tolstoy and the Purple Chair goes on a quest through the history of letters and her own personal correspondence to discover and celebrate what is special about the handwritten letter.

Witty, moving, enlightening, and inspiring, Signed, Sealed, Delivered begins with Nina Sankovitch’s discovery of a trove of hundred year- old letters. The letters are in an old steamer trunk she finds in her backyard and include missives written by a Princeton freshman to his mother in the early 1900s. Nina’s own son is heading off to Harvard, and she hopes that he will write to her, as the Princeton student wrote to his mother and as Nina wrote to hers. But times have changed. Before Nina can persuade her child of the value of letters, she must first understand for herself exactly what it is about letters that make them so significant—and just why she wants to receive letters from her son. Sankovitch sets off on a quest through the history of letter writing—from the ancient Egyptians to the medieval lovers Abelard and Heloise, from the letters received by President Lincoln after his son’s death to the correspondence of Edith Wharton and Henry James.

Sankovitch uncovers and defines the specific qualities that make letters so special, examining not only historical letters but also the letters in epistolary novels, her husband’s love letters, and dozens more sources, including her son’s brief reports from college on the weather and his allowance.

In this beautifully written book, Nina Sankovitch reminds us that letters offer proof and legacy of what is most important in life: love and connection. In the end, she finds, the letters we write are even more important than the ones we wait for.

Editions
Hardcover
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from Simon & Schuster (April 15, 2014)
9781451687156 | details & prices | 207 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.74 lbs | List price $24.95
About: The author of the much-admired Tolstoy and the Purple Chair goes on a quest through the history of letters and her own personal correspondence to discover and celebrate what is special about the handwritten letter.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780373611997 Book cover for 9781451687163
 
Reprint edition from Simon & Schuster (April 21, 2015)
9781451687163 | details & prices | 207 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $16.00
About: The author of the much-admired Tolstoy and the Purple Chair goes on a quest through the history of letters and her own personal correspondence to discover and celebrate what is special about the handwritten letter.
With Don Pendelton | from Harlequin Books (July 1, 1995); titled "Rogue Agent"
9780373611997 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $3.50
This edition also contains Rogue Agent
Cassette/Spoken Word
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With Alfie Kohn | from Heinemann (September 1, 2000); titled "The Case Against Standardized Tests: Raising the Scores, Ruining the Schools"
Library
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Large print edition from Center Point Pub (June 1, 2014)
9781628991239 | details & prices | 271 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.96 lbs | List price $34.95
About: The author of the much-admired Tolstoy and the Purple Chair goes on a quest through the history of letters and her own personal correspondence to discover and celebrate what is special about the handwritten letter.

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