Subway Book Review: Books help us remember ‘we are part of the same human storyline’ – The Lily
Books are part of our identity. They represent our fears, our secrets, our hopes. Asking a stranger, â€œWhat are you reading?â€ has become my way of gaining a new perspective on life.
For the past four years, Iâ€™ve talked to strangers on the New York City subway about their books and have collected hundreds of stories. In doing Subway Book Review, Iâ€™ve realized that itâ€™s important to see what people around the world are reading. A common denominator like a book helps us to remember that we are part of the same human storyline.
â€œIn London, weâ€™re in a Joan Didion craze,â€ says Subway Book Review contributor Marta Bausells. â€œI see women going back to classic writers of the 20th century.â€ New Yorkers, too, are sharing the current obsession with Didion.
â€œA lot of young people, especially women, read books by philosophers like Nietzsche and Camus in Mexico City,â€ says local contributor Laura GarcÃa Sandoval. â€œWriters like Gabriel GarcÃa MÃ¡rquez are still huge in Latin America, but younger generations are reaching for books outside of magical realism.â€
Read on to find out what inspires the book selection of three women in New York, Mexico City and London.
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