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From "the most powerful book critic in the English-speaking world" (Vanity Fair) comes 100 personal, thought-provoking essays of the life-changing books she wouldn't want you to miss--beautifully illustrated throughout. Legendary former New York Times critic and bestselling author Michiko Kakutani once again brings her wealth of knowledge and passion about books to eager readers--but this time with her personal selections of more than 140 works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that have had a profound effect on her life. "Why do we love books so much," she asks in her introduction. "These magical brick-sized objects are actually tiny time machines that can transport us back to the past to learn the lessons of history, and forward to the future, where we may be granted glimpses of more ideal worlds, or more dystopian ones that serve as dark mirrors of what we could become, should we misuse the gifts of science, or fail to protect our ideals and our planet." Books have always been her escape and sanctuary, the characters of some novels feeling so real to her childhood self that she worried they might leap out of the pages at night if she left the book cover open. In fact, Kakutani is so connected to her beloved books, she refuses to see certain movie adaptations--even the iconic Lord of the Rings--for fear of the cinematic scenes crowding out the detailed images in her head. More than just recommendations, Ex Libris covers a broad range of topics that help build a well-rounded reader and citizen of the world--from the historical (Federalist Papers, The Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.) to the timely (Elizabeth Kolbert's harrowing The Sixth Extinction, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale) to the fantastical (the Harry Potter novels, Where the Wild Things Are). With richly detailed illustrations by lettering artist Dana Tanamachi that evoke vintage bookplates leafed between Kakutani's passionate essays, Ex Libris is always pointing us to our next great read.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Michiko Kakutani
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Release: 2020
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780525574972

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Anne Fadiman is--by her own admission--the sort of person who learned about sex from her father's copy of Fanny Hill, whose husband buys her 19 pounds of dusty books for her birthday, and who once found herself poring over her roommate's 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only written material in the apartment that she had not read at least twice. This witty collection of essays recounts a lifelong love affair with books and language. For Fadiman, as for many passionate readers, the books she loves have become chapters in her own life story. Writing with remarkable grace, she revives the tradition of the well-crafted personal essay, moving easily from anecdotes about Coleridge and Orwell to tales of her own pathologically literary family. As someone who played at blocks with her father's 22-volume set of Trollope ("My Ancestral Castles") and who only really considered herself married when she and her husband had merged collections ("Marrying Libraries"), she is exquisitely well equipped to expand upon the art of inscriptions, the perverse pleasures of compulsive proof-reading, the allure of long words, and the satisfactions of reading out loud. There is even a foray into pure literary gluttony--Charles Lamb liked buttered muffin crumbs between the leaves, and Fadiman knows of more than one reader who literally consumes page corners. Perfectly balanced between humor and erudition, Ex Libris establishes Fadiman as one of our finest contemporary essayists.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Anne Fadiman
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release: 2011-04-01
File: 162 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781429929424

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Genre: Books and reading
Author: Christopher Morley
Publisher:
Release: 1936
File: 75 Pages
ISBN-13: OCLC:976661611

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Anne Fadiman is--by her own admission--the sort of person who learned about sex from her father's copy of Fanny Hill, whose husband buys her 19 pounds of dusty books for her birthday, and who once found herself poring over her roommate's 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only written material in the apartment that she had not read at least twice. This witty collection of essays recounts a lifelong love affair with books and language. For Fadiman, as for many passionate readers, the books she loves have become chapters in her own life story. Writing with remarkable grace, she revives the tradition of the well-crafted personal essay, moving easily from anecdotes about Coleridge and Orwell to tales of her own pathologically literary family. As someone who played at blocks with her father's 22-volume set of Trollope ("My Ancestral Castles") and who only really considered herself married when she and her husband had merged collections ("Marrying Libraries"), she is exquisitely well equipped to expand upon the art of inscriptions, the perverse pleasures of compulsive proof-reading, the allure of long words, and the satisfactions of reading out loud. There is even a foray into pure literary gluttony--Charles Lamb liked buttered muffin crumbs between the leaves, and Fadiman knows of more than one reader who literally consumes page corners. Perfectly balanced between humor and erudition, Ex Libris establishes Fadiman as one of our finest contemporary essayists.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Anne Fadiman
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release: 2011-04-01
File: 162 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781429929424

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List of members in v. 2-17.

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Genre: Bookplates
Author: Ex Libris Society (London, England)
Publisher:
Release: 1899
File: Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015076071862

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Genre: Bookplates
Author:
Publisher:
Release: 1899
File: Pages
ISBN-13: UIUC:30112053015878

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Genre: Bookplates
Author: Walter Hamilton
Publisher:
Release: 1895
File: 349 Pages
ISBN-13: HARVARD:HXUB2A

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Genre:
Author: victor b. levit
Publisher:
Release: 1923
File: Pages
ISBN-13:

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From "the most powerful book critic in the English-speaking world" (Vanity Fair) comes 100 personal, thought-provoking essays of the life-changing books she wouldn't want you to miss--beautifully illustrated throughout. Legendary former New York Times critic and bestselling author Michiko Kakutani once again brings her wealth of knowledge and passion about books to eager readers--but this time with her personal selections of more than 140 works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that have had a profound effect on her life. "Why do we love books so much," she asks in her introduction. "These magical brick-sized objects are actually tiny time machines that can transport us back to the past to learn the lessons of history, and forward to the future, where we may be granted glimpses of more ideal worlds, or more dystopian ones that serve as dark mirrors of what we could become, should we misuse the gifts of science, or fail to protect our ideals and our planet." Books have always been her escape and sanctuary, the characters of some novels feeling so real to her childhood self that she worried they might leap out of the pages at night if she left the book cover open. In fact, Kakutani is so connected to her beloved books, she refuses to see certain movie adaptations--even the iconic Lord of the Rings--for fear of the cinematic scenes crowding out the detailed images in her head. More than just recommendations, Ex Libris covers a broad range of topics that help build a well-rounded reader and citizen of the world--from the historical (Federalist Papers, The Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.) to the timely (Elizabeth Kolbert's harrowing The Sixth Extinction, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale) to the fantastical (the Harry Potter novels, Where the Wild Things Are). With richly detailed illustrations by lettering artist Dana Tanamachi that evoke vintage bookplates leafed between Kakutani's passionate essays, Ex Libris is always pointing us to our next great read.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Michiko Kakutani
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Release: 2020
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780525574972

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Genre: Bookplates
Author: Ex Libris Society
Publisher:
Release: 1899
File: Pages
ISBN-13: OSU:32435074904871

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