The Slowness of a Good Book

How to Get Lost in a Book 1

Dave Plunkert for The Chronicle Review

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Dave Plunkert for The Chronicle Review

This summer I read War and Peace at the playground, while keeping an eye on my two-and-a-half-year-old son as he raced around, splashed in the fountain, and built sand castles. A good part of the time, of course, I wasn't reading, but helping him onto the slide or fixing his shoe. But I still made it through a few pages each afternoon (and more late at night, when the family was asleep). I spent months with Prince Andrew, Natasha, Napoleon, and