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“I reread it every couple of years, and seems like I've done this forever. Every time I pick it up, I find something new to interest me...maybe a new lyrical turn of phrase or what I'd do to Tom Buchanan if I myself ran into him on Fifth Avenue. But always, always, always I am heartbroken by the title character, the man about whom the narrator says, ‘If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him.’”
--Dana Dickey, L.A. Editor
"Every few years I reread Judy Blume's Summer Sisters, a book that inspired me to pack up my life and move from Kentucky to Martha's Vineyard one summer during college. Reading it again always takes me back to my own little island adventure, and though the story isn't all that groundbreaking, it centers around an interesting, complicated friendship. Still a great beach read!"
--Amalie Drury, Chicago Editor
"It's one of the few love stories that doesn't make me gag. Oh, and it's short and I tend to fall asleep when I read at night. And in cars. And while writing emails."
--Mary Kate McGrath, Editor in Chief
"Or anything by Susann, really. I adore the naïveté of the pretty characters, the 1960s and the wonder of what life was like in Hollywood during that era of the first great movie stars."
--Caroline Terry, Dallas Editor
"I reread James Agee every time I need to be reminded what language is supposed to sound like. (And in my head I'm using my best southern accent.)"
--Jillian Quint, Managing Editor
"It’s just an amazing and touching story that I can reread a hundred times without getting sick of. Every time I read it, I find myself more interested in the characters, and I’m thrown back into the weirdness/awkwardness/amazingness of high school and growing up."
--Hannah Loewentheil, Editorial Assistant
"It really tugs at the heartstrings. It's such a poignant story about the many facets of friendship, from love and loyalty to rivalry and resentment."
--Allison McCarthy, San Francisco Editor
"I could say I’ve reread this a bunch of times because it's an unbelievable book (which it totally is). But if I'm being honest, it’s mostly because I never feel like I've completely understood it. I’ve also reread Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? because it's hilarious and because Mindy Kaling is my dream bestie."
--Sarah Stiefvater, Assistant Editor
"I've probably read 100 Years of Solitude five times. The first was in its original Spanish for a lit class, and despite working toward a college degree in said language, I've never been so confused in my life. So I cheated (#sorrynotsorry) and simultaneously read it in English. Turns out I fell in love with the crazy story. And I guess I just really like ghosts."
--Susan Waits, NY Editor
"I'm not one to reread novels, but On Beauty is an exception. It's easy to get absorbed in Smith's funny, smart and insightful prose. And like any true nerd, I've marked my favorite passages and revisit them from time to time."
--Lauren Gniazdowski, Deputy Managing Editor
With so many amazing books being published every single day, we’re never at a loss for something new to read.
But sometimes, we forgo the newbies in favor of old favorites.
Here, ten books that have earned a permanent place on our editors’ nightstands.
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