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Remarkable Reads: 34 Writers and Their Adventures in Reading

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Ask just about any author why they write and you're likely to hear a story about a book they once read. In Remarkable Reads, thirty-four accomplished authors each remember one such book. Together, these short personal essays deliver a fascinating glimpse at inspiration and the creative process — not to mention passionate introductions to dozens of great books.
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In personal essays that read like short stories, writers describe their life-altering encounters with books.

Can books be dangerous, elegant, or sad? Can books be tempting, or smokin', or double-d-daring? Can they compel you to hitchhike to the middle of Mexico, fall in love with snakes, or question your sanity? Of course they can. Writers including Jonathan Lethem, Haven Kimmel, Charles Frazier, and Bebe Moore Campbell tell us why in this eye-opening anthology. Tapping classic works such as The Catcher in the Rye and The Cat in the Hat as well as obscure novels such as Karel Capek's The War of the Newts, they reveal how literature tempts, enchants, and changes us. Each of these essays, which first appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer, reminds us that reading is not a passive pastime but an action sport that seizes and shapes, renews and remakes us. Insightful and heartfelt, humorous and accessible, Remarkable Reads will delight anyone who has ever loved a book.

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"Zane's collection points out that a wild journey or a bold feat can be inspired by a great piece of writing." Publishers Weekly

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"Remarkable reads — and remarkable delights! This is no literary seminar, it's a carnival of unintended consequences!" Tom Wolfe

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"This unique collection of essays on the experience of reading is a genuine pleasure to browse through....An excellent addition to any library's collection." Library Journal

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"With its waterfall of superlatives, the Table of Contents looks like a Cole Porter song about love." Thomas Mallon

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J. Peder Zane is the book review editor of the Raleigh News & Observer. His syndicated column received the ASNE Distinguished Writing Award for Commentary.

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ISBN:
9780393325409
Author:
Zane, J. Peder
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
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General
Subject:
Essays
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Authors
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Books and reading
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Authors, American
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Authors, American -- 20th century.
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Anthologies-Essays
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1st ed.
Series Volume:
108-13
Publication Date:
20040231
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TRADE PAPER
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General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.22x5.48x.76 in. .57 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Ask just about any author why they write and you're likely to hear a story about a book they once read. In Remarkable Reads, thirty-four accomplished authors each remember one such book. Together, these short personal essays deliver a fascinating glimpse at inspiration and the creative process — not to mention passionate introductions to dozens of great books.

"Review" by , "Zane's collection points out that a wild journey or a bold feat can be inspired by a great piece of writing."
"Review" by , "Remarkable reads — and remarkable delights! This is no literary seminar, it's a carnival of unintended consequences!"
"Review" by , "This unique collection of essays on the experience of reading is a genuine pleasure to browse through....An excellent addition to any library's collection."
"Review" by , "With its waterfall of superlatives, the Table of Contents looks like a Cole Porter song about love."
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