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Some books change lives, some define them. When I was 14, I read Lolita for the first time. It was the summer because there is no other time to read Lolita, not for the first time anyway, and even though I hadn't read it yet, I knew enough to know that much. I also knew enough to read it barefoot and curled up in the backseat of a hot car with the windows only slightly cracked as we drove...
It’s easy to find Rachel Fershleiser at a book party: cobalt blue glasses and curly black hair (either hanging down or in a braid) and A-line dresses of some bright print (horses mid-gallop, birds against a tangle of leaves and flowers, black-and-white dogs on a blue background). It’s just as easy to speak with her: Rachel is always talking to someone, and usually (at least) three people at once. Tumblr’s Director of Literary Outreach—as well...
  It’s a truism to say that books change lives, but the commonality of the sentiment doesn’t make it any less real. Brooklyn Magazine asked as many writers and editors and book people it could think of to talk about the piece of writing that changed them. Their answers are myriad, delightful, and as personal as a fingerprint. Time to head to your local bookstore (or library) and stock up. LUCAS ADAMS cartoonist-writer and co-editor New York...

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