COVID-19 has book lovers reading more than ever. Is your COVID reading list different from your regular reading list? If yes, how has it changed?
I’ve been reading a lot of World War II novels, including children’s books like Then There Were Five and The Ark, older books like Code Name Verity. They are books about courage and adaptation. I’m also reading Susan Sontag (America) , John Steinbeck (Sweet Thursday), Angie Thomas (The Hate You Give) and other authors who have something to say about America past and present. I continue reading poetry (Mary Oliver, Walt Whitman), and science, especially works about climate and how to solve the problems inherent in climate change.
Who made reading important to you?
My mother and my grandmothers, all big readers. I grew up in a library that had a separate, independent children’s library, and I was very much encouraged there. — so much so that I became a volunteer there, then an employee, through high school and college. It’s the setting of my new novel A Girl, a Raccoon, and the Midnight Moon — which is full of many of the books I’ve read and admired.