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PEN America 14: The Good Books
by Pen American Center, Margaret Atwood (Goodreads Author), Saul Bellow, Amitava Kumar, Yiyun Li, Karen Russell (Goodreads Author), Gary Shteyngart (Goodreads Author), Norman Mailer , more…Toni Morrison, Grace Paley, Susan Sontag …less
The Good Books, over 50 writers—including Yiyun Li, Anne Fadiman, Karen Russell, Gary Shteyngart, David Shields, and many more—choose the works in translation they’d bring to a great global book swap. Also featured: talks and conversation by Kurt Vonnegut, Toni Morrison, Susan Sontag, Norman Mailer, and other participants in the 1986 PEN Congress. Plus fiction, poetry, ess ...more
(first published May 1st 2011)
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If you've ever had trouble with an ever expanding to-read list, this is a dangerous book. The main feature is a hypothetical swap meet where the contributors bring one book to swap. But, the problem is that they bring a description with them, the kind of description that makes you want to read the book. I found myself adding several books to my bloated to-read list. And, half of the included short stories made me add an author's work to my to-read list. All in all, a fantastic way to discover th ...more