Finding Life Between The Lines


All my life, I have been in love with books. Whether traveling across town or across continents, I must have books with me. I have been drawn into the worlds that Jodi Picoult creates for decades. I included her book, A Spark of Light, in my Ms. Magazine article, “Feminist Fiction Books to Curl Up with for the Holidays.”

I was thrilled to learn that the book she wrote with her daughter, Samantha van Leer, called Between the Lines was set to become a Broadway Musical. However, that was before COVID-19 and the closing of many openings. While we are all #SafeAtHome, there are no new musicals right now. I hope that it will happen in the future.

While we are #TogetherAtHome, I wanted to share some of my favorite lines from their book, Off the Page:

“Going to high school is a little like being told you have to get up each morning and run headlong at sixty miles an hour into the same brick wall.”

“Everyone has a story. You might think it’s not worth telling, but then again, it’s a story no one has ever heard.”

“What you do, what you say, how you carry the plot, just might leave a mark on someone.”

“Because that’s what stories do. They help you escape, and they give you the chance to do things you never imagined you would or could. They let you feel heartbreak you’ve never had and experience adventures from the safety of your own room. They are dreams for those who are still awake. They can be as comfortable as an old pair of slippers and as unnerving as the blade of a knife. They possess the power to change you, to inspire you, to open your mind.”

“Stories are all around us, caught in the throats of the strangers you walk past and scrawled on the pages of locked diaries. They’re in love letters that were never sent and between the lines of every conversation ever spoken. Just because your story’s not written down doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Perhaps someone’s reading your story right now, in fact—imagining your eyes skimming over this page, your hands clutching the binding as you hurry to get to the last line.”

And from Between the Lines, “The act of reading is a partnership. The author builds a house, but the reader makes it a home.”

“So how do you tell an adult that maybe everything wrong in the world stems from the fact that she’s stopped believing the impossible can happen?”

I am looking forward to Jodi Picoult’s next book, The Book of Two Ways, due out on September 22, 2020.

All flower photos by Lisa Niver with #LGV60ThinQ during COVID-19 walks around the block.

Read more about Between the Lines in my new Ms. Magazine article: 8 Books That Will Transport You

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.

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