Say you’re going somewhere and need to bring paperbacks, leaving your nice editions of Suite Francaise, Digging to America and The Foreign Correspondent behind. What’s portable?
- Barchester Towers. I’d like to know if it’s as good twenty years later as it was the summer I spent lying on the couch, studying for the bar exam, reading M.F.K. Fisher and Trollope.
- To Kill a Mockingbird. I’ve never read this. But it begins with something from Charles Lamb, “Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.” I almost never read novels that go anywhere near the courts. (Although I re-read Great Expectations a few months ago and so enjoyed the portraits of lawyers.) The edition of To Kill a Mockingbird is wonderful to look at.
I used to bring so much more than this on trips. Now, I like to travel light. I’m not at the point, though, where I’m sawing the ends off toothbrushes to keep things from bulking up. Two novels, plus the one I’m writing, seems about right.
Au revoir, BL