The Life-Changing Magic of Literature

Need another reason to give books as gifts this holiday season? 25 authors reveal how these narratives shaped their writing, their careers, and their outlooks on life.

Most likely, we each have a book or an author that has shaped us irrevocably—after reading their words, we are never the same again. Here, 25 authors tell us the book that changed them after it was presented to them as a gift from a friend, loved one, or teacher.

We’ve been sharing these heartfelt reflections every Saturday in December. See parts 1 and 2 here. Happy gift-giving!


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About Abbe Wright

ABBE WRIGHT is the Senior Editor of Read It Forward. She has written for Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Cut and tweets about books (and The Bachelor) at @abbewright.

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