Books That Made a Difference to Andrea Lee
I was a skinny girl, with the heft of a mosquito, and once when I took a sharp corner, the huge tome lurched in the bicycle basket and brought me crashing down against the curb. The resulting gash probably needed a stitch, but I was so eager to start reading that I doused it with Mercurochrome, hid it under jeans, and said nothing to my mother. Hence my scar, courtesy of the prolific pen of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I've been living in Italy now for many years, and reading and writing books has become my daily work, but I have only to look at my knee to recall those hometown summers when the thrills of literature were worth shedding blood over. Many books have marked me in less visible ways over the years. A few of them are on the following page.
Andrea Lee is the author of Interesting Women and Lost Hearts in Italy .
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