A second time around

What books compel a second—or third or repeated—reading? How is the second reading different from the first, and what does the difference reveal about the book or the reader? We asked ten writers to reflect on their rereadings.

In the summer after second grade, I read Louisa May Alcott’s story of the March sisters, Little Women. I related most to Amy, the youngest sister, who was artistic, headstrong and eager to grow up. Of the four sisters, she found it most difficult to accept her family’s financial misfortunes. Most of Amy’s struggles related to learning humility and practicing charity.

 

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