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e-Book For the Love of Books: 115 Celebrated Writers on the Books They Love Most download

by Various,Ronald B. Shwartz

ISBN: 0425172945
ISBN13: 978-0425172940
Language: English
Publisher: Berkley Trade (May 1, 2000)
Pages: 320
Category: History and Criticism
Subategory: Literature

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Rating: 4.6
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115 prominent writers were kind enough to tell us about the three to six books they love the most

115 prominent writers were kind enough to tell us about the three to six books they love the most. The insights are astonishing. Although their choices may overlap a little, their reasons are distinct. His prompt: "Identify those 3-6 books that have in some way influenced or affected you most deeply, 'spoken to' you the loudest, and explain why-in personal terms.

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of Books : 115 Celebrated Writers on the Books They Love Most. In this particular case that generality was broken, and I was the beneficiary.

For the Love of Books : 115 Celebrated Writers on the Books They Love Most.

Boston lawyer and essayist Shwartz has assembled a fine coterie of more than 100 writers.

For the Love of Books is an invitation to fall in love with the books these writers love - and a fascinating window into the creative mind. Boston lawyer and essayist Shwartz has assembled a fine coterie of more than 100 writers.

Some of the entries are very interesting, some read like half-hearted responses without much to them.

115 Celebrated Writers on the Books They Love The Most. by Ronald B. Shwartz.

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The book is a survey of the books that most influenced such writers as Neil Simon and . Mr. Schwartz will talk about his book For the Love of Books: 115 Celebrated Writers and the Books they Love Most, published by Putnam Pub Group. The book is a survey of the books that most influenced such writers as Neil Simon and . Text People Graphical Timeline. This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning. People in this video. John Y. Cole Founding Director Library of Congress- Center for the Book.

Books That Made the Difference: What People Told Us by Gordon and .

Books That Made the Difference: What People Told Us by Gordon and Patricia Sabine. An abridged version of the Library of Congress Center for the Book report of collected interviews with Americans about books that were important in their lives. Presents various techniques for gaining familiarity with different kinds of literature. Library: An Unquiet History by Matthew Battles.

A collection of more than one hundred original essays from writers ranging from Dave Barry to Robert Bly, from Nadine Gortimer to Anna Quindlen, offers unique reflections on literature and life as they discuss books that have most influenced them. Reprint.
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wanderpool
This book is not for the casual reader. However, if you are someone who obsesses over what to read next, authors' lives, styles of writing, and consistently have a stack of books to be read by your bed, this book is for you. It's a fascinating glimpse of why authors love their favorite books (and even more interesting when one author heralds a book as life-changing, then a few pages later, a different author dismisses it as trash!) It's also amazing the caliber of authors Mr. Shwartz has gathered to contribute--Kurt Vonnegut, Robert M. Pirsing, John Irving, John Updike, etc. I have read a handful of books like these and more often than the names are not too recognizible even to the most devoted reader. He must have had some clout!

The great thing about this is not only the long-imagined glimpse into our favorite writers' minds, but the fact that you can keep this book on your shelf and use it as a reference for what to read next for YEARS to come. You may flip to Anna Quindlen and be inspired by her descriptions to read all of her favorites! Or you may be amazed to find an author you never heard of who loves the same books you do---therefore you go and search out all of said author's books, knowing you will likely enjoy them. The bibliography in the back is also very helpful.

One warning though: Many of the authors' picks are more often than not classics and pretty high-brow, at times difficult books to read (after all, many of the contributors have scholarly backgrounds). Some of their opinions are also based on very in-depth observations of style of writing and word choice rather than the book being a page-turner or an relatable story. If you consider yourself a bibliophile but are into more contempary books, there are other books similar to this that may reccommend slightly lighter, more varied reading. I would reccommend Book Lust and More Book Lust by Nancy Pearl, So Many Books, So Little Time by Sarah Nelson, and How Reading Changed my Life by Anna Quindlen, to name a few.

Narder
This book is not for the casual reader. However, if you are someone who obsesses over what to read next, authors' lives, styles of writing, and consistently have a stack of books to be read by your bed, this book is for you. It's a fascinating glimpse of why authors love their favorite books (and even more interesting when one author heralds a book as life-changing, then a few pages later, a different author dismisses it as trash!) It's also amazing the caliber of authors Mr. Shwartz has gathered to contribute--Kurt Vonnegut, Robert M. Pirsing, John Irving, John Updike, etc.

The great thing about this is not only the long-imagined glimpse into our favorite writers' minds, but the fact that you can keep this book on your shelf and use it as a reference for what to read next for YEARS to come. You may flip to Anna Quindlen and be inspired by her descriptions to read all of her favorites! Or you may be amazed to find an author you never heard of who loves the same books you do---therefore you go and search out all of said author's books, knowing you will likely enjoy them. The bibliography in the back is also very helpful.

One warning though: Many of the authors' picks are more often than not classics and pretty high-brow, at times difficult books to read (after all, many of the contributors have scholarly backgrounds). Some of their opinions are also based on very in-depth observations of style of writing and word choice rather than the book being a page-turner or an relatable story. If you consider yourself a bibliophile but are into more contempary books, there are other books similar to this that may reccommend slightly lighter, more varied reading. I would reccommend Book Lust and More Book Lust by Nancy Pearl, So Many Books, So Little Time by Sarah Nelson, and How Reading Changed my Life by Anna Quindlen, to name a few.

Fani
I received this book as a gift; generally this method of acquisition all but ensures I will never read the work. In this particular case that generality was broken, and I was the beneficiary.
Mr. Ronald B. Shwartz has collected the thoughts of 115 writers and received an answer to the request, "Identify those 3-6 books that have in some way influenced or affected you most deeply...". The entertainment begins prior to the first author's selection as Mr. Shwartz shares some responses to the idea of the question itself. Anna Quindlen "This is a mean thing to ask someone to do."
Kurt Vonnegut "Anyone asking a writer a question like yours should own a thumbscrew and a rack."
James McBride "If the literary world, or if anyone else in the world for that matter, feels I'm smart enough to offer my two cents about anything, we're all in deep doo-doo, but what the heck, count me in..."
I would imagine the collected responses would make for an excellent read of their own. Fortunately the book leaps much further and deeper, it almost pries into the very personal thoughts of these writers who all are associated with excellence. Their work ranges from one to the other end of whatever writing genre could be listed, and their answers will generally surprise you. As these people are some of the literary legends of the 20th and now the 21st Century I expected answers both lofty and impenetrable to the average reader. I could not have been more in error. Yes there are references to poetical works that I could not find in 10 years with the same number of computers. But happily the book is very readable. And lest you think it takes itself too seriously, I offer Christopher Buckley and his opening to his answer,"Well, if you're looking for recondite works in, say, lesbian studies from the early seventeenth century, you're "___" out of luck with me." I imagined Buckley The Elder wincing with that bit of earthiness from his Son.
The books that made some wish to write or at least were influential in their work will surely fascinate. It is the only book of its kind I have read, but unless I come across another, this sets the bar.

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