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Novelist Schwartz (Disturbances in the Field) learned to read at the age of three, encouraged by parents whom she describes as "people of the book." As a seven-year-old, she was reading every book in her Brooklyn home and remembers being captivated by classics from the Little Leather Library such as "The Little Mermaid," from Andersen's fairy tales; Edward Everett Hale's The Man Without a Country; and The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

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My Reading Life by Pat Conroy - I LOVED this book and took copious notes from it. It's a booklover's delight, regardless of whether you've read Conroy's other works.

The Most Wonderful Books: Writers on Discovering the Pleasures of Reading edited by Michael Dorris and Emilie Buchwald

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

A HISTORY OF READING by Alberto Manguel -- Noted essayist and editor moves the essential moment of discovering reading to explore the six-thousand-year-old conversation between words and that hero without whom the book would be a lifeless object: the reader.

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