What We're Reading This Weekend: Classics Worth Cracking Open

04/18/2013 at 05:00 PM EDT

Book Reviews: Anna Karenina, The Divine Comedy, Daisy Miller
Anna Karenina, The Divine Comedy and Daisy Miller
As journalists we are, of necessity, all about what's happening RIGHT NOW. So it's nice to take a step back and lose ourselves in stories that have stood the test of time. Tell us what you think of our vintage choices – and let us know what you're reading.

What We're Reading This Weekend: Classics Worth Cracking Open| Anna Karenina, Mad Men, Book Reviews, Books, Leo Tolstoy

Caitlin Keating, News Assistant
Her Pick: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

I'm reading Anna Karenina right now for the fifth time. It's one of my all-time favorites. I am constantly quoting Tolstoy. "If you look for perfection, you will never be satisfied." If only more people understood how true that statement is, and he wrote it in the 1800s!












What We're Reading This Weekend: Classics Worth Cracking Open| Anna Karenina, Mad Men, Book Reviews, Books, Leo Tolstoy



Allison Adato, Senior Editor
Her Pick: The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

Clive James's new translation of this 14th-century epic poem makes Dante's circles of hell accessible with language that's clear while still lyrical. I'd like to say I'm reading it to better myself, but actually I think seeing Don Draper lost in Dante at the beach in the season premiere of Mad Men gave me the idea.











What We're Reading This Weekend: Classics Worth Cracking Open| Anna Karenina, Mad Men, Book Reviews, Books, Leo Tolstoy

Kim Hubbard, Books Editor
Her Pick: Daisy Miller by Henry James

My son came home raving about this 1878 novella after reading it in his high school English class (and that doesn't happen every day), so I took a look. I'd forgotten how slyly humorous James is, and how brilliantly his portrait of a bold, unsophisticated New York girl skewers both American naÏveté and European pretensions.

Check back every Thursday for another round of staff picks, and see more book reviews each week in PEOPLE magazine, on newsstands now. Plus, check out last week's YA standouts and story collections we're loving here

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