Synopses & Reviews
More than 200 truly rewarding reads are covered, with a non-spoiler synopsis, background information, discussion points, and suggested companion volumes
With so many fantastic books out there, book clubs and avid readers can have difficulty choosing what to read next—thankfully, this comprehensive guide brings together the best and most loved titles for easy reference. Featuring a diverse selection, from Pride and Prejudice to The Handmaid's Tale, The Kite Runner to Cloud Atlas, the guide includes interesting discussion points and facts as well as potential companion books with similar themes, honest opinions from readers, and razor-sharp reviews from critics, so readers will know they're making the right choice every time. Top ten lists are also included, such as Top Ten Quick Reads (Metamorphosis, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), Top Ten Challenging Reads (Anna Karenina, Possession), Top Ten Gay Reads (Giovanni's Room, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit), and Top Ten Chilling Reads (The Stand, Ring). Compiled by a range of English literature experts and avid readers, this book is sure to inspire any book lover.
“a diverse yet discriminating treasure trove of rewarding books.” —BlogCritics
"Compels even the most veteran reader to reassess their personal repertoire of good literature." —Utne.com
"A handy guide featuring in depth analysis of over 200 rewarding. . . titles." —Michael O'Mara
About the Author
Lionel Shriver is the author of The Post-Birthday World; So Much for That, a finalist for the National Book Award; and We Need to Talk About Kevin, the winner of the Orange Prize. She lives in London and New York City.