A Reader's Life
Enjoy these memoirs of reading, bookstores, and libraries, and lives spent between the pages of books.
12 books that changed the world
Bragg, Melvyn, 1939-
Melvyn Bragg presents a vivid reminder of the book as agent of social, political and personal revolution. He is the author of "The Adventure of English".
Book lust : recommended reading for every mood, moment, and reason
Books Promiscuously Read : Reading as a Way of Life.
White, Heather Cass.
Heather Cass White writes about the pleasures of reading and its power in shaping our internal lives. It advocates for a life of constant, disorderly, time-consuming reading, and encourages readers to trust in the value of the exhilaration and fascination such reading entails. Rather than arguing for the moral value of reading or the preeminence of literature as an aesthetic form, Heather illustrates the irreplaceable experience of the self that reading provides for those inclined to do it. Print run 15,000.
Browsings : a year of reading, collecting, and living with books
Dirda, Michael, author
Confessions of a bookseller
In 2018, Shaun Bythell's The Diary of a Bookseller (soon to be a major U.K. TV series) introduced readers to the joys and frustrations of his life as the owner of The Bookshop, the largest second-hand bookshop in Scotland. Now, Confessions of a Bookseller, sardonic and sympathetic in equal measure, returns to chart the highs and lows of another year in the life of a cantankerous-yet-lovable man passionate about books.
Dear Fahrenheit 451 : love and heartbreak in the stacks : a librarian's love letters and breakup notes to the books in her life
Spence, Annie, author
I'd rather be reading : the delights and dilemmas of the reading life
Bogel, Anne, 1978- author
The library book
Orlean, Susan, author
The morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As one fireman recounted, "Once that first stack got going, it was 'Goodbye, Charlie.' Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who? Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, reporter and bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.
My life with Bob : flawed heroine keeps book of books, plot ensues
Paul, Pamela, author
My reading life
Conroy revisits a life of passionate reading. He includes anecdotes from his school days, accounts of how reading pulled him through dark times, and even lists of books that particularly influenced him at various stages of his life, including grammar school, high school, and college.
The pleasures of reading in an age of distraction
Jacobs, Alan, 1958-
The author argues that reading is alive and well in America. Millions of devoted readers support hundreds of enormous bookstores and online booksellers. Jacobs's interactions with his students and the readers of his own books, however, suggest that many readers lack confidence; they wonder whether they are reading well, with proper focus and attentiveness, with due discretion and discernment. Jacobs offers an insightful, accessible, and playfully irreverent guide for aspiring readers. Each chapter focuses on one aspect of approaching literary fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, and the book explores everything from the invention of silent reading, reading responsively, rereading, and reading on electronic devices.
The reading promise : my father and the books we shared
When Alice Ozma was in 4th grade, she and her single father, an elementary school librarian, made a pact to see if he could read aloud to her for 100 consecutive nights. Alice's father read aloud to her every night without fail until the day she left for college. Told in a series of vignettes about Alice's relationship with her dad and the life lessons she learned from the stories he read to her.
Shelf discovery : teen classics we never stopped reading
Shelf life : romance, mystery, drama, and other page-turning adventures from a year in a bookstore
Shea, Suzanne Strempek.
Tolstoy and the purple chair : my year of magical reading
After the death of her sister, Nina Sankovitch found herself caught up in grief, dashing from one activity to the next to keep her mind occupied. But on her forty-sixth birthday she decided to stop running and start reading. For once in her life she would put all other obligations on hold. Instead, she would devote herself to reading a book a day: one year of magical reading in which she found joy, healing, and wisdom.
Well-read black girl : finding our stories, discovering ourselves ; an anthology
Edim, Glory, 1982- editor
An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature. Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging remains with readers the rest of their lives--but not everyone regularly sees themselves on the pages of a book. In this timely anthology, Glory Edim brings together original essays by some of our best black women writers to shine a light on how important it is that we all--regardless of gender, race, religion, or ability--have the opportunity to find ourselves in literature. Contributors include Jesmyn Ward (Sing, Unburied, Sing), Lynn Nottage (Sweat), Jacqueline Woodson (Another Brooklyn), Gabourey Sidibe (This Is Just My Face), Morgan Jerkins (This Will Be My Undoing), Tayari Jones (An American Marriage), Rebecca Walker (Black, White and Jewish), and Barbara Smith (Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology). Whether it's learning about the complexities of femalehood from Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison, finding a new type of love in The Color Purple, or using mythology to craft an alternative black future, the subjects of each essay remind us why we turn to books in times of both struggle and relaxation. As she has done with her book club-turned-online community Well-Read Black Girl, in this anthology Glory Edim has created a space in which black women's writing and knowledge and life experiences are lifted up, to be shared with all readers who value the power of a story to help us understand the world and ourselves.
What makes this book so great : [re-reading the classics of science fIction and fantasy]
Walton, Jo, author
When books went to war : the stories that helped us win World War II
Manning, Molly Guptill, 1980- author
The writer's library : the authors you love on the books that changed their lives
Moving, joyful, and insightful collection of conversations with today's living literary legends about the books that changed their lives, made them think, and brought them joy, from 'American's Librarian' Nancy Pearl and noted playwright Jeff Schwager.
The year of reading dangerously : how fifty great books (and two no-so-great ones) saved my life
Miller, Andy, author
You've got to read this book! : 55 people tell the story of the book that changed their life