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!
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.
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.
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