I have to say, the office was NOT happy with me when I asked them this question. I got a lot of but how will I ever choose?!—and it’s true, we are a staff full of many avid readers, so I should have anticipated that this would be the response. Books have a special way of being exactly what we need at a certain point in our lives, or as Kelly beautifully describes them here, our “cultural touchstones.” So choosing just one is understandably impossible.
However, they delivered (especially when I said they could pick two books!), and here are our responses to one of the toughest questions, “What’s the best book you’ve ever read?”:
One of the purest facts about me is that at the beginning of every summer—once the weather is warm enough to sit outdoors on my porch or balcony—I read this book. It’s one of the only books I’ve…