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While pe­rus­ing a yard sale where they found an an­tique locket with the in­scrip­tion “My Love For­ever,” Naomi Wax and Bill Shapiro got to think­ing, Does ev­ery­one have one pos­ses­sion that tells a remarkable story? Turns out that many of us do. In their new book, What We Keep: 150 Peo­ple Share the One Ob­ject That Brings Them Joy, Magic, and Mean­ing (Run­ning Press, out Sept. 25), the co-au­thors share sto­ries and pho­tos of trea­sures— from Dal­las Mav­er­icks owner Mark Cuban’s 2011 NBA cham­pi­onship tro­phy to the anony­mous per­son who keeps a mo­tel key “to re­mem­ber that night.”

“Of all the peo­ple we spoke with, not one chose an ob­ject be­cause of its dol­lar value,” says Shapiro. “Our hearts are not ac­coun­tants; we cling to the mean­ing­ful, not the mon­e­tary.” Here are some of our fa­vorite keepsakes fea­tured in the book.

“My ‘strat’ [straw hat I wore at board­ing school in Eng­land] brings up the most de­li­cious Dick­en­sian mem­o­ries. It’s this ab­so­lute tan­gi­ble re­minder that my life was once that weird and that old-fash­ioned.”—Joss Whe­don, Buffy the Vam­pire Slayer cre­ator

“The shame about be­ing poor goes all the way back, and hav­ing a glo­ri­ous shell [pin­cush­ion that be­longed to my mom] was the op­po­site of that.”—Ch­eryl Strayed, Wildau­thor and Dear Sug­arspod­cast co-host

“This Ap­ple III was a gift from my fa­ther, who was an en­gi­neer work­ing with NASA [when I was about 16]. I spent hours in my room play­ing games and learn­ing to code. Af­ter I took a job at Mi­crosoft, I had the Ap­ple III sent to Seat­tle be­cause it re­minded me of how a com­puter changed my life.” —Melinda Gates, co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion

“Ali’s glove rep­re­sents a great part of my life. Be­ing as­signed to shoot a world heavy­weight ti­tle wght, get­ting the best seat in the house, hav­ing my pic­tures on the cover of Sports Il­lus­trated and get­ting paid for it? I used to pinch my­self and think, I should be pay­ing them!”—Neil Leifer, pho­tog­ra­pher>˜` w““>ŽiÀ

“That the cup [my mom gave me] looked like me—it was one of the ear­li­est things I had with a brown face—well, that was some­thing. It’s been on my dress­ing ta­ble for years.”—Carla Hay­den, 14th Li­brar­ian of Congress

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