In her entertaining and edifying New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters and discover why their work has endured. Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heartA??to take pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; to look to John Le CarrA© for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue, and to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail. And, most importantly, she cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which all literature is crafted.
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by Francine Prose
by Francine Rivers
by Francine Mathews
"Reader Nanette Savard meets every requirement of this nonfiction work by novelist and critic Francine Prose. Savard's voice captures the author's tone of authority as she sets forth her dual mission: "to help passionate readers and would-be writers understand how a writer reads." Savard's crisp syllables highlight Prose's literary analysis, and her rhythms project Prose's love of language. Personal anecdotes from Prose include her reflections on a twelfth-grade teacher who taught her "close reading," a formative practice that changed her forever. Plenty of literary excerpts are included--Savard's pauses eloquently capture Prose's thoughtful quality as she discusses them. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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