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Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers
by Nancy Pearl Details
Librarian and NPR contributor Pearl continues her series on book recommendations with a new volume centered around books for the would-be traveler. She invites the reader on short jaunts around the globe, chatting throughout, always with a book (or two or three) in mind to fit the destination. Recommendations befitting locales like the Sahara, Niagara Falls, Sweden, and everywhere in between are provided as well as recommendations from Pearl's author friends. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason
by Nancy Pearl Details
Seattle librarian Pearl lists and describes books she would recommend. The material is organized into some 175 thematic entries. Themes chosen are either arbitrary or whimsical, depending on one's point of view, with entries devoted to novels written by women named Alice, Cold War spy fiction, American history nonfiction, King Arthur, New York, and Zen Buddhism being a few examples. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Good Books Lately: The One-Stop Resource for Book Groups and Other Greedy Readers
by Ellen Moore Details
In "Good Books Lately," the founders of the country's first book group consulting company dish out fun, stimulating advice based on their own experiences and those of hundreds of book group members. If you're looking for new ideas to spice up your book group, wondering how to join an existing group, or hoping to start your own, this book can give you tips to make your book group experience a rousing, rewarding success.
More Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason
by Nancy Pearl Details
In what she regards as a companion rather than sequel to her popular Book Lust (2003), a Seattle librarian/readaholic continues her pithy recommendations on "too good to miss" books and authors. Alphabetically organized, entries eclectically span the categories of adapting to adoption to US government documents as unexpected sources of good reading. Pearl includes some of her favorite writers' own book lust lists. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Boks you Haven't Touched Snce High-school
by Kevin Smokler Details
Smokler's essays on the classics are divided into ten sections, each covering an archetypical stage of life from youth and first love to family, loss, and the future. The author not only reminds you about the essential features of each great book but gives you a practical, real-world reason why revisiting it in adulthood is not only enjoyable but useful.
Read It and Eat: A Month-by-Month Guide to Scintillating Book Club Selections and Mouthwatering Menus
by Sarah Gardner Details
"Read It and Eat" features fiction and nonfiction reading selections ranging from timeless classics to irresistible beach reads, and recipes for easy-to-prepare (and easy-to-transport!) cocktails, finger foods, sit-down dinners, and satisfying snacks, from Confessions of a Shopaholic's Cut-Back Shrimp Curry and The Tortilla Curtain's Mint-Garnished Mojitos, to Gone With the Wind's Georgia Peach Bread and Horse Heaven's Champagne Juleps. Organized by month, each chapter highlights a different theme and contains an introduction to the theme and reading selections; engaging, thought-provoking discussion points; and recipes inspired by the readings.
So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading
by Sara Nelson Details
In early 2002, Sara Nelson-editor, reporter, reviewer, mother, daughter, wife, and compulsive reader, set out to chronicle a year's worth of reading, to explore how the world of books and words intermingled with children, marriage, friends, and the rest of the "real" world. She had a system all set up: fifty-two weeks, fifty-two books . . . and it all fell apart the first week. That's when she discovered that books chose her as much as she chose them, and the rewards and frustrations they brought were nothing she could plan for.
The Book Lovers' Companion : What to Read Next
by Lionel Shriver Details
More than 200 truly rewarding reads are covered, with a non-spoiler synopsis, background information, discussion points, and suggested companion volumes.
Why Read?
by Mark Edmundson Details
In this important book, acclaimed author Mark Edmundson reconceives the value and promise of reading. He enjoins educators to stop offering up literature as facile entertainment and instead teach students to read in a way that can change their lives for the better. At once controversial and inspiring, this is a groundbreaking book written with the elegance and power to change the way we teach and read.
Updated 09/03/2014
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