Life Lessons From ‘Middlemarch,’ ‘Little Women,’ And Other Books We Love
By Amy Shearn Ask any reader her favorite literary heroine, and she'll stare off into the distance, smiling, then immediately start reeling off names and anecdotes: Katniss! Elizabeth Bennett! As Anne Patchett put it, "Reading fiction is important. It is a vital means of imagining a life other than our own, which in turn makes us more empathetic beings." Read the full story
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