Samplers

Ever since Readers' Digest came up with the idea of jointly publishing the gist of several novels in a single volume, since publishing houses discovered topical publications, and since the appearance of the first "Chicken Soup for the Soul" volume, there has been an ever-increasing flood of "sampler" books, bringing together excerpts or individual chapters/stories from a variety of novels/short story collections in a single book, under themes ranging from "summer reads" (or "beach reads") to "Christmas stories," "cat stories," "dog tales" and what have you. And I'm sure we've all read one or more of them -- they seem to be a favorite around gift-giving times in particular!

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message 1: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Nov 16, 2010 11:25AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I can't honestly think of any "sampler" compilations that I've read! Will have to think about it.

I assume you don't mean the Norton-type textbooks.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) No Nortons and similar anthologies, no -- what I have in mind is the type of "literature light" compilations that seem to be pushed for summer/beach reading and during the Hallowe'en/Thanksgiving/Christmas sales season in particular.


message 3: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Nov 16, 2010 03:06PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Thurber's Dogs was the closest thing I could think of...

ETA: Wait, I got a Christmas mystery anthology (for Christmas) once, let me see if I can remember the name of it...


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads That's it. Murder for Christmas.


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