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Are you finding it tough to read right now? Week in and week out, the authors who answer our By the Book questions tell us that their ideal reading experience involves nesting in place with all outside obligations erased — a pretty good description of where the coronavirus pandemic has obligingly left us, if you can tune out the crippling anxiety and the very real, very scary implications for our health and our economy and the fabric of our society. It turns out that peace of mind is as important for reading as time and a comfortable chair. Who knew? Still, try. Because it’s also the case that books have the almost magical ability to bestow their own peace of mind, by distilling our con... Full story

31 March