Sixty-three authors and artists have written letters to their younger selves, including major names like Gregory Maguire, Jacqueline Woodson, David Levithan, and Armistead Maupin along with many others, to form this Bookbent selection for July through September.
"If I only knew then what I know now," is a common lament. With good reason. While this collection of letters cannot reach the intended recipients, with luck they'll fall into the hands of other people equally in need of a comforting word of advice from the future.
I think everyone can find at least one letter in this collection that speaks to them. Christopher Rice's was the one I wish my teenaged self could have read: don't take yourself too seriously. Worthy advice for anyone.
Which letter will speak to you?