Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers
by Nancy Pearl
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
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
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
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)
My Ideal Bookshelf
by Thessaly La Force
Editor Thessaly La Force has compiled book recommendations from dozens of leading cultural figures; books that define their dreams and ambitions and in many cases helped them find their way in the world. Contributors include Malcolm Gladwell, Thomas Keller, Michael Chabon, Alice Waters, James Patterson, Maira Kalman, Judd Apatow, Chuck Klosterman, Miranda July, Alex Ross, Nancy Pearl, David Chang, Patti Smith, Jennifer Egan, and Dave Eggers, among many others.
Read It and Eat: A Month-by-Month Guide to Scintillating Book Club Selections and Mouthwatering Menus
by Sarah Gardner
"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.
Reading with Oprah: The Book Club that Changed America
by Kathleen Rooney
Adored by its fans, deplored by its critics, the Oprah Book Club has been at the center of arguments about cultural authority and literary taste since its inception in 1996. Virtually everyone seems to have an opinion about this monumental institution with its revolutionary and controversial fusion of the literary, the televisual, and the commercial. "Reading with Oprah" by Kathleen Rooney is the first in-depth look at the phenomenon that is the OBC. Rooney combines extensive research with a lively personal voice and engaging narrative style to untangle the myths and presuppositions surrounding the club, to reveal its complex and far-reaching cultural influence, confronting head-on how the club became a crucible for the heated clash between "high" and "low" literary taste.
So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading
by Sara Nelson
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.
by Mark Edmundson
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.