A Life in Books: Robert Hass

A book you hope parents will read to their kids: The anonymously authored Mother Goose nursery rhymes should be read until kids know by heart how many miles it is to Babylon, why the little dog laughed and what Jack Horner pulled out of his pie.

A classic that, upon rereading, disappointed: Hasn't happened recently. Last year, Willa Cather's "My Antonia" was better than ever.

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