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Interview of the Day: Leah Hager Cohen

by Bill Hayes

The New York Times Book Review interviewed writer Leah Hager Cohen for its “By the Book” series.

What was the last truly great book you read?

Lewis Hyde’s “The Gift.” It’s such a generous, unsettling, chimerical work that the word “book” almost feels inadequate. The first time I read it, the project spread over two full years. I kept having to pause, my finger marking the page, in order to think. Or just to lift my head and breathe. I read it again last year and was stirred by connections I’d missed the first time around. I expect on the next reading it’ll enter more deeply still. (Like that beautiful, alarming James Merrill line: “Love buries itself in me, up to the hilt.”) [more]