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More Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reasonby Nancy Pearl
Synopses & Reviews
The response to Nancy Pearl's surprise bestseller Book Lust was astounding: the Seattle librarian and winner of the 2004 Women's National Book Award even became the model for the now-famous Librarian Action Figure. Readers everywhere welcomed Pearl's encyclopedic but discerning filter on books worth reading, and her Rule of 50 (give a book 50 pages before deciding whether to continue; but readers over 50 must read the same number of pages as their age) became a standard MO.
Once again organized by topic, this sprightly follow-up includes an array of titles in nearly 150 eclectic categories, including Plots for Plotzing (highly unusual storylines), Animal Love (in which humans fall in love with animals), The Autobiographical Gesture (memoirs about complex lives), Child Prodigies (child characters who are called on to perform great and sometimes heroic acts), Nagging Mothers, Crying Children (true tales from the frontlines of parenting), and Libraries and Librarians. Both a valuable reference and a vastly enjoyable read, More Book Lust offers a wealth of enthusiastic, quirky reading recommendations.
"Rarely does a member of that unjustly maligned species, the librarian, attract the kind of attention Pearl did when she founded the first citywide reading program in Seattle in 1998. Many readers will seek her advice in this companion volume to Book Lust, which offers a wealth of new reading lists. (Many of the books on them, she acknowledges, are out of print — making for a good opportunity, she suggests, to visit your library.) The upshot is that these are not all classics — they're just books she or someone else really enjoyed reading, presented in more than 100 lists covering a delightful range of topics, from the biographical or geographical (Winston Churchill, Africa) to favorite writers categorized as 'too good to miss' (including classics such as P.G. Wodehouse and contemporary writers like Jonathan Weiner and Walter Mosley). More idiosyncratic recommendations for the questing reader include 'All in the Family' (books by writer dynasties); 'Dick Lit' (her much better term for Lad Lit, for which, she admits, Nick Hornby has set a high bar); and 'Tricky Tricky' (books that pull a fast one on you). If you're clueless about what to read next, you'll find something to pique your interest here." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
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)
This sprightly follow-up to Book Lust includes a quirky array of recommended titles in nearly 150 eclectic categories including: highly unusual storylines, humans falling in love with animals, memoirs about complex lives, and true tales from the frontlines of parenting.
The response to Nancy Pearls surprise bestseller Book Lust was astounding: the Seattle librarian even became the model for the now-famous Librarian Action Figure. Readers everywhere welcomed Pearls encyclopedic but discerning filter on books worth reading, and her Rule of 50 (give a book 50 pages before deciding whether to continue; but readers over 50 must read the same number of pages as their age) became a standard MO.
This book is an all-new collection of recommended reading from America's favorite librarian, Nancy Pearl.
About the Author
In 1993 Nancy Pearl, the country's most famous librarian, moved to Seattle to become the director of the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library, where in 1998 she started the "If All of Seattle Read the Same Book" program. Pearl is the author of Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason, Now Read This: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction, 1978-1998, and Now Read This II: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction, 1990-2001.
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