This class explores contemporary memoirs that revolve around books — personal histories that recount chapters of a writer’s life through the lens of literature. Explore four memoirs that revisit authors’ experiences as passionate readers, students, and/or teachers whose lives and educations have been variously nourished by literary fare. Our readings will prompt many questions: What makes a book meaningful or “life-changing” to a reader at a particular time and place? How do the books we read (or don’t read) shape our social identities — the people we become and the groups we belong to? How do books serve as bonds or barriers in relationships between parents and children, friends and siblings, students and teachers? How does reading — and talking about books — continue to matter over the course of our lives? Please read My Life with Bob by Pamela Paul before the first class. Additional readings include Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo, An Odyssey: A Father, a Son and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn, and Educated by Tara Westover.