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The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Excerpt from The Siege

The Beinecke Rare Book

     Once I received my key card, I stepped down one desk and asked a young African American woman for directions to campus, specifically the location of Beinecke.
     "The Library? Stunning building," the concierge told me. "One of my absolute favorites." She circled its location on a giveaway campus map. "Take a tour if you get a chance," she advised. "The treasures in there? You won't believe it, will not. Takes your breath away. Ever seen a Gutenberg Bible? You will in there. My momma cried like a baby. I took her in, she stood in front of that bible staring for a full minute. Then she got down on her knees and she just cried, cried, cried."

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