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Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading
By Nina Sankovitch
(Harper, $24)

When her older sister died at the age of 46, author Nina Sankovitch developed a novel prescription for recovering from the loss: Read one book daily and blog about it by the next morning — for one year. Her deeply moving memoir artfully intertwines her immigrant family’s history with the universal themes of hope, resilience and memory that she repeatedly encountered in the 365 books she reviewed. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair celebrates not only the healing power of literature but its ability to connect us to the best of ourselves — and each other.