Do you remember a book that you really loved when you were a pre-teen or teen? Probably one you still love now? For me, two early ones were Where the Red Fern Grows and A Wrinkle in Time. Those books mark time for me in a way that nothing else does.
Author Carmen Maria Machado got me thinking about those types of books, throw-backs to another time, when she recounted the summer she discovered Lois Duncan's young adult horror novels. On a recent blog for the New Yorker, Machado reminded me of what it was like to be a spindly, speckly, summer-eyed teen of the age where your main love interest is still the library. Those were good times, simpler times, and Machado sheds light on the way a reader - and an author - changes with time.