Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Returning to Concord via American Bloomsbury
In 2006 I read and reviewed American Bloomsbury by Susan Cheever. Here is a link to that review.
My posting earlier today has me wondering about what I missed (and, more to the point, what I've forgotten) in the book, so I'm rereading American Bloomsbury with an eye to understanding better the community of Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller, Alcott, Hawthorne et al in mid-19th century Concord, Massachusetts.
However, as I embark upon my return to Concord via Cheever's book, I realize how often I reread books rather than move on to new books. In fact, someone once called me an "intensive" rather than "extensive" reader. At first I was uncomfortable about that label -- as it underscored the fact that I've missed out on reading a lot of books that perhaps I might enjoy -- but I've accepted my reality. Yes, I do repeat myself quite a bit in my reading choices.
And all of that leads me to ask you something:
What about you? What books have you read several times and might read yet again? Are you an "intensive" or "extensive" reader?