Would you only visit a favorite city once? Enjoy a  delicious meal and then never eat it again? Meet a fascinating new person and then go your separate ways – forever? Of course not. So why should it be any different with books? In this episode, we discuss the many benefits (and a few potential pitfalls) of rereading and share some of our favorite experiences. What books do you return to most often?

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  • Arabesques, by Anton Shammas, translated by Vivian Eden

  • Possession, by A.S. Byatt

  • The Passenger, by Cormac McCarthy

  • Stella Maris, by Cormac McCarthy

  • In a Lonely Place, by Dorothy B. Hughes

  • I Have Some Questions for You, by Rebecca Makkai

  • The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai

  • Doctor Thorne, by Anthony Trollope

  • The Warden, by Anthony Trollope

  • Barchester Towers, by Anthony Trollope

  • Grand Hotel, by Vicki Baum, translated by Basil Creighton with revisions by Magot Bettauer Dembo

  • The Hearing Trumpet, by Leonora Carrington

  • Solenoid, by Mircea C?rt?rescu, translated by Sean Cotter

  • Rereading: Seventeen Writers Revisit the Books They Love, edited by Anne Fadiman

  • Ex Libris, by Anne Fadiman

  • At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays, by Anne Fadiman

  • Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, by Herman Melville

  • The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkein

  • The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkein

  • Young Man with a Horn, by Dorothy Baker

  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman, by John Fowles

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

  • On the Road, by Jack Kerouak

  • The Catcher on the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen

  • Emma, by Jane Austen

  • Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

  • “The Piano Tuner’s Wives,” by William Trevor

  • “An Idyll in Summer,” by William Trevor

  • 2666, by Roberto Bolaño, translated by Natasha Wimmer

  • Train Dreams, by Denis Johnson

  • The Invention of Morel, by Adolfo Bioy Casares, translated by Ruth L.C. Simms

  • Middlemarch, by George Eliot

  • The Gormenghast Trilogy, by Melvyn Peake

  • A Month in the Country, by J.L. Carr

  • Stoner, by John Williams

  • Butcher’s Crossing, by John Williams

  • Augustus, by John Williams

  • Nothing But the Night, by John Williams

  • Bright Center of Heaven, by William Maxwell

  • The Orchard Keeper, by Cormac McCarthy

  • The Rings of Saturn, by W.G. Sebald

  • The Emigrants, by W.G. Sebald

  • Austerlitz, by W.G. Sebald

  • Vertigo, by W.G. Sebald

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