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Publisher Comments:

Is a book the same book--or a reader the same reader--the second time around? The seventeen authors in this witty and poignant collection of essays all agree on the answer: Never.

The editor of Rereadings is Anne Fadiman, and readers of her bestselling book Ex Libris will find this volume especially satisfying. Her chosen authors include Sven Birkerts, Allegra Goodman, Vivian Gornick, Patricia Hampl, Phillip Lopate, and Luc Sante; the objects of their literary affections range from Pride and Prejudice to Sue Barton, Student Nurse.

These essays are not conventional literary criticism; they are about relationships. Rereadings reveals at least as much about the reader as about the book: each is a miniature memoir that focuses on that most interesting of topics, the protean nature of love. And as every bibliophile knows, no love is more life-changing than the love of a book.

Review:

"Former American Scholar editor Fadiman (Ex Libris) has drawn from a column in that journal for a charming collections of essays on the varied ways book lovers read. The best of these entries — Arthur Krystal's return to H.C. Witwer's boxing novel, The Leather Pushers; Dianna Kappel-Smith's assessment of the field guide that stirred an interest in the natural world; Michael Upchurch's consideration of Christina Stead's fictional financial world — are written by masters of the essay form, revealing themselves at the different phases of their lives through the act of reading. All of the writers share a gratitude for the books that helped them navigate their lives, especially over the rocky shoals of adolescence. The return to beloved works is not always simple, especially when readers come to see the faults in books that they so closely identified with years earlier. As many note, the act of reading changes over the course of a lifetime, from an easy engagement with plot and character to an awareness of politics and style. They may bemoan their own loss of literary innocence, but each finds a new way to appreciate the texts that have accompanied them through life. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Is a book the same book---or a reader the same reader--the second time around? The 17 authors in this witty and poignant collection of essays all agree on the answer: Never.

About the Author

Anne Fadiman is the Francis Writer in Residence at Yale University. She is the author of Ex Libris (FSG, 1998) and The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (FSG, 1997), recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award. She and her family live in western Massachusetts

Table of Contents

On Rereading: Forward by Anne Fadiman

David Samuels, Marginal Notes on the Inner Lives of People with Cluttered Apartments in the East Seventies

Franny and Zooey, by J.D. Salinger

Patricia Hampl, Relics of Saint Katherine

The Journal, Letters, and Stories of Katherine Mansfield

Sven Birkerts, Love's Wound, Love's Salve

Pan, by Knut Hamsun

Vijay Seshadri, Whitman's Triumph

"Song of Myself," by Walt Whitman

Arthur Krystal, Kid Roberts and Me

The Leather Pushers, by H.C. Witwer

Diana Kappel Smith, My Life with a Field Guide

A Field Guide to Wildflowers of Northeastern and Northcentral North America, by Roger Tory Peterson and Margaret McKenny

Luc Sante, A Companion of the Prophet

Arthur Rimbaud, by Enid Starkie

Katherine Ashenburg, Three Doctors' Daughters

The Sue Barton Books, by Helen Dore Boylston

Jamie James, "You Shall Hear of Me"

Lord Jim, by Joseph Conrad

Vivian Gornick, Love with a Capital L

The Vagabond and The Shackle, by Colette

Michael Upchurch, Stead Made Me Do It

House of All Nations, by Christina Stead

Allegra Goodman, Pemberley Previsited

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

Pico Iyer, Lawrence by Lightning

The Virgin and the Gypsy, by D.H. Lawrence

Barbara Sjoholm, The Ice Palace

"The Snow Queen," by Hans Christian Andersen

Evelyn Toynton, Revisiting Brideshead

Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh

Phillip Lopate, The Pursuit of Worldliness

The Charterhouse of Parma, by Stendhal

David Michaels, The Back of the Album

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, by the Beatles

About the Contributors

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374249427
Subtitle:
Seventeen writers revisit books they love
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Editor:
Fadiman, Anne
Author:
Fadiman, Anne
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Books and reading
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060905
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.54 x 5.16 x 0.715 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Former American Scholar editor Fadiman (Ex Libris) has drawn from a column in that journal for a charming collections of essays on the varied ways book lovers read. The best of these entries — Arthur Krystal's return to H.C. Witwer's boxing novel, The Leather Pushers; Dianna Kappel-Smith's assessment of the field guide that stirred an interest in the natural world; Michael Upchurch's consideration of Christina Stead's fictional financial world — are written by masters of the essay form, revealing themselves at the different phases of their lives through the act of reading. All of the writers share a gratitude for the books that helped them navigate their lives, especially over the rocky shoals of adolescence. The return to beloved works is not always simple, especially when readers come to see the faults in books that they so closely identified with years earlier. As many note, the act of reading changes over the course of a lifetime, from an easy engagement with plot and character to an awareness of politics and style. They may bemoan their own loss of literary innocence, but each finds a new way to appreciate the texts that have accompanied them through life. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Is a book the same book---or a reader the same reader--the second time around? The 17 authors in this witty and poignant collection of essays all agree on the answer: Never.
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