A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (6.92 hours)
Product Number: Z100091853
Released: Aug 15, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781504616027
Narrator/s: Patrick Cullen
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From Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda comes a collection of his most personal and engaging essays on the literary life-the perfect companion for any lover of books. Michael Dirda has been hailed as "the best-read person in America" by the Paris Review and "the best book critic in America" by the New York Observer. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, he was awarded for his reviews in the Washington Post, and he picked up an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his book On Conan Doyle. Dirda's latest volume collects fifty of his witty and wide-ranging reflections on literary journalism, book collecting, and the writers he loves. Reaching from the classics to the postmoderns, his allusions dance from Samuel Johnson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and M. F. K. Fisher to Marilynne Robinson, Hunter S. Thompson, and David Foster Wallace. Dirda's topics are equally diverse: literary pets, the lost art of cursive writing, book inscriptions, the pleasures of science fiction conventions, author photographs, novelists in old age, Oberlin College, a year in Marseille, writer's block, and much more, not to overlook a few rants about Washington life and American culture. As admirers of his earlier books will expect, there are annotated lists galore-of perfect book titles, great adventure novels, favorite words, essential books about books, and beloved children's classics, as well as a revealing peek at the titles Michael keeps on his own nightstand. Funny and erudite, occasionally poignant or angry, Browsings is a celebration of the reading life, a fan's notes, and the perfect gift for any book lover.

Author(s): Michael Dirda
Original Publish Date: Aug 15, 2015

Professional reviews

"Early in this audiobook, the author warns that the best way to enjoy it is to listen to only one or two of the essays at a time. He's not wrong. While narrator John Lescault has an amazingly pleasant voice and reads Dirda's words with a chuckle or a scowl, whichever is called for, the topics and tones of the essays vary so much that it can be difficult to maintain attention. Dirda writes about his favorite authors, the culture of book collectors, the nature of libraries, and almost everything else under the literary sun. Lescault sounds as though he's delighted and amused to be narrating such a variety of ideas, and his warm baritone is endlessly soothing. G.D. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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