Dina Nayeri on Behrangi, Golding and IshiguroDina Nayeri
I’ve become a reader three times. The first time, I was barely six and lived in Iran, under the Islamic Republic.
Jim Shepard on Two Very Different WritersJim Shepard
I was the first in my family to go to college, and my father’s not-so-secret plan for getting me there involved A) my getting good grades, and...
Christina Baker Kline on Laura Ingalls WilderChristina Baker Kline
I was six years old; we had recently moved to Maine from Tennessee, and my father read it aloud to my sister Cynthia and me, one chapter at a...
Bonnie Nadzam on a Biography of Helen KellerBonnie Nadzam
Maybe it’s instructive that I more or less recall the book but not the exact title or author of the book. It was a YA biography of Helen Keller...
Abol Tabol and the Bengali LanguageAnuradha Roy
Before I could read, I was read to, and there was only one book that was read aloud in our house. I am four years old. Then five, then six, seven
Louisa May Alcott and James JoyceSara Paretsky
I can’t remember the first books I read, although I do remember the first words I wasn’t able to sound out: “city” and “Penelope
Pride and PrejudiceElizabeth Nunez
I grew up in colonial Trinidad, my education similar to that of a British public school, excellent, but clearly intended to reinforce the superiority...
On John LennonElizabeth McKenzie
Two of the first books that made me a reader were In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works by John Lennon
The Phantom TollboothJames Hannaham
When I read The Phantom Tollbooth, at approximately age nine or so, it had some kind of bizarre cathartic effect on me
On Fun With Dick and Jane and Mary PoppinsFrancine Prose
The book that made me a reader was, to be honest, Fun with Dick and Jane. I can’t remember much about it. See Spot run, I guess