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On Rereading
I don't do a lot of rereading, but there are a few books that I read over and over, always with a bit of guilt because there are so many other books o ...more
May 08, 2012
Apr 26, 2012
Shakespeare Wrote for Money
Another lovely set of essays written for the Believer. Nick Hornby makes me laugh so hard - he's such a silly man. The whole chapter about George Orwe ...more
Dec 30, 2011
Jan 11, 2012
There's so much going on in Possession that at times I got pretty frustrated with it. But it's interesting and kind of neat in a very self-conscious w ...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
Every Book Its Reader: The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World
Who knew that writing in books could actually be a good thing? Not me, for sure. I learned a lot from this, and it certainly made me feel good about b ...more
Mar 21, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
I got this for free at ALA, and was thrilled, actually, as it was one of the things I was hoping to get. I'd been excited about this one for a while a ...more
Jul 07, 2011
Apr 18, 2011
The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia
This was surprisingly fun and educational. It actually spoke to my feelings about the Narnia Chronicles more than I thought it would. Like Miller, I r ...more
Oct 21, 2013
Sep 22, 2010
A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter
I really enjoyed this, mainly for the literary criticism parts. Deresiewicz admits that he was far too pretentious in his early twenties to appreciate ...more
Jun 12, 2011
Jun 01, 2011
The Polysyllabic Spree
These columns are funny, even though Hornby reads a ton more biographies than I do. I laughed so hard at his essay on David Copperfield that I almost ...more
Sep 05, 2010
Sep 07, 2010
The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time
Couldn't finish this. I swear, in the 80 or so pages I read, the guy didn't mention one book written by a woman. No Charlotte Bronte, no George Elliot ...more
Nov 10, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
A Splendor of Letters: The Permanence of Books in an Impermanent World
So good - a delicious wander through the world of libraries and books. I couldn't put this down.
Mar 26, 2010
Mar 19, 2010
My Reading Life
This was a truly fun read, possibly because I'm nosy and love finding out which books changed the worlds of my favorite writers. I have to admit thoug ...more
May 22, 2011
May 11, 2011
A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen
Nov 15, 2010
Dec 18, 2009
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