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Five Must-Read Books While Sheltering in Place

These carefully chosen selections are worth reading — or re-reading — for the light they can shed on our current predicament.

We all could use a good distraction.

We all could use a good distraction.

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Many of us have far too much time on our hands at present, and also have far too many distractions. At times like this, reading becomes ever more valuable. It focuses the mind and helps zone out distractions in a way that binge-watching videos, or attempting to follow the news, will never do. And it’s a great way to take advantage of the extra hours we have to ourselves, thanks to social distancing; we get much more out of big door-stopper books if we have the chance to read them uninterrupted for a while.