Finding Hope In The Pages Of A Book

12 authors, critics, and readers discuss the books they turn to for hope, comfort, and inspiration

Hope, 1864. Freeman Gage Delamotte. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A lot of big readers talk about how, when they were kids, they read whatever they could get their hands on. They didn’t discriminate; they’d take any form of the written word they could. The same cannot be said for me then, nor can it be…