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Dave Plunkert for The Chronicle Review

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Dave Plunkert for The Chronicle Review

As the memoir genre has expanded, perhaps it was inevitable that writers would turn to chronicling their own reading. Over the past 15 years, some writers have described their relationship to a book as it unfolds, as Phyllis Rose did in The Year of Reading Proust (1997), while others have followed in the footsteps of a beloved author, the way Wendy McClure shadowed Laura Ingalls Wilder's pioneer family in The Wilder Life (2011).

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