The Sensible Nonsense Project

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What was your favorite book as a child?

The Phantom Tollbooth? Little House on the Prairie? Something by Roald Dahl that was kind of grotesque and frightening but also a complete immersion in delight?

The Sensible Nonsense Project collects short essays about favorite childhood books and how they continue to reverberate with us into adulthood.

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Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →