When I was pregnant, I had the romantic idea that after the baby was born I would not only take up reading in earnest again, but also write a novel while my daughter slept in her Moses basket. Of course, I barely had time to keep up with my magazines until she started sleeping properly. But now she's 5, and I'm back reading.
I feel a bit exposed sharing this list of my current favorites—most are coming-of-age, rite-of-passage stories, but those are the themes of my life right now. This year, I'm the age my father was when he died, my daughter is the age I was when he died—and I got married. It's been an emotionally loaded time, fantastic but loaded. Books have always helped me make sense of things. With any life experience, you can find someone who has documented it in a poetic way.
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