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The Reading List: Contemporary Fiction: A Critical Guide to the Complete Works of 125 Authors

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Perfect for reading groups and all book lovers

Here, at last, is the book to which the more than a quarter-million reading groups and book clubs in this country can turn for the answer to that pressing question: What should we read next?

The Reading List illuminates the work of current novelists who have captured the imagination of the modern reader. Each entry includes cr
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 15th 1998 by Holt Paperbacks (first published June 1st 1998)
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Vanessa
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is a little dated now that it's 10+ years old but it's still a valuable resource. There are brief (around one page) biographical entries on the selected 125 authors (Grace Paley, Ann Beattie, Russell Banks, Naguib Mahfouz, etc.) with capsule reviews of their novels thru 1998. And there are selections for further reading. Curious where to start with Joyce Carol Oates? You might want to pick one of her short story collections and stay clear of the likes of Zombie. Should you read the who ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
This is a guide to 110 leading authors of literary fiction--ones that were still living in 1998. So if not, or no longer a guide to "contemporary fiction" it's a decent one to late 20th Century fiction. I've read 35 of the 110 authors here. A few, such as Isabel Allende, Sandra Cisneros, E. L. Doctorow, Don DeLillo and Cormac McCarthy I so loathed I'd never read something else from them again. In some cases, such as that of T. Corraghessan Boyle, I hated what I read (The Tortilla Curtain) by the ...more
Andrew
Mar 31, 2008 rated it it was ok
I took next to nothing from this book. In all its length and quantity of authors there's also an unfortunate lack of qualitative reviews. Book reviews might average a couple sentences plus one short snippet of a review from the Times or Christian Science Monitor. The selection of authors seems a bit arbitrary, as are the suggested reading lists. All in all I think my time would've been more effectively spent browsing this website.
David Lemons
Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Readers, every 2-3 years, must go to compendia of literature such as works by David Rubel to refresh their overview of what to read next. Just picking up titles plied by the media is a sucker's lot and leads to inefficiency in using one's planned reading time.
Charity
Dec 31, 2009 rated it liked it
I was glad to have stumbled upon this book in the library. It has helped me add many books to my to-read list that I wouldn't otherwise have known about.
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David Rubel has made a career of bringing history alive for readers of all ages.

Recognized nationally as an author, speaker, and historian, David has written fifteen books and edited a dozen more during his twenty-five years in publishing. Most of these titles focus on making American history accessible to a broad audience. Working with many of the country’s finest historians—including Pulitzer P
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