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How Reading Changed My Life
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How Reading Changed My Life
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THE LIBRARY OF CONTEMPORARY THOUGHT is a groundbreaking series where America's finest writers and most brilliant minds tackle today's most provocative, fascinating, and relevant issues. Striking and daring, creative and important, these original voices on matters political, social, economic, and cultural, will enlighten, comfort, entertain, enrage, and ignite healthy debate across the country.
THE LIBRARY OF CONTEMPORARY THOUGHT is a groundbreaking series where America's finest writers and most brilliant minds tackle today's most provocative, fascinating, and relevant issues. Striking and daring, creative and important, these original voices on matters political, social, economic, and cultural, will enlighten, comfort, entertain, enrage, and ignite healthy debate across the country.
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  • From the book The Reading Lists from Anna Quindlen's How Reading Changed My Life:



    10 Big Thick Wonderful Books that Could Take You a Whole Summer to Read (But Aren't Beach Books)



    Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

    Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

    East of Eden by John Steinbeck

    The Forstyte Saga by John Galsworthy

    Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann

    Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope

    Sophie's Choice by William Styron

    Henry and Clara by Thomas Mallon

    Underworld by Don DeLillo

    Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry





    10 Non Fiction Books That Help Us Understand the World



    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Gibbons

    The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam

    Lenin's Tomb by David Remnick

    Lincoln by David Herbert Douglas

    Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

    How We Die by Sherwin Nuland

    The Unredeemed Captive by John Demos

    The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

    The Power Broker by Robert Caro





    10 Books that will Help a Teenager Feel More Human



    Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

    A Separate Peace by John Knowles

    Lost In Place by Mark Salzman

    What's Eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges

    The World According to Garp by John Irving

    Bloodbrothers by Richard Price

    A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

    The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers





    The 10 Books I Would Save in a Fire (If I Could Only Save 10)



    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Bleak House by Charles Dickens

    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

    The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

    The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

    Middlemarch by George Eliot

    Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

    The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats

    The Collected Plays of William Shakespeare

    The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton





    Ten Books for a Girl Who is Full of Beans (Or Ought to Be)



    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

    Julius the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes

    Betsy in Spite of Herself by Maud Hart Lovelace

    Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

    The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank

    The BFG by Ronald Dahl

    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle

    Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

    Catherine Known As Birdy by Katherine Paterson

    The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi





    Ten Mystery Novels I'd Most Like to Find in a Summer Rental



    An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P. D. James

    Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers

    The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie King

    Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

    Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard

    Dancers in Mourning by Margery Allingham

    The Way Through the Woods by Colin Dexter

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

    Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

    The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John Le...
About the Author-
  • Anna Quindlen is the author of two bestselling novels, Object Lessons and One True Thing. Her New York Times column "Public and Private  won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992, and a selection of these columns was published as Thinking Out Loud. She is also the author of a collection of the "Life in the '30s  columns, Living Out Loud, and two children's books, The Tree That Came to Stay and Happily Ever After.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 24, 1998
    In this pithy celebration of the power and joys of reading, Quindlen emphasizes that books are not simply a means of imparting knowledge, but also a way to strengthen emotional connectedness, to lessen isolation, to explore alternate realities and to challenge the established order. To these ends much of the book forms a plea for intellectual freedom as well as a personal paean to reading. Quindlen (One True Thing) recalls her own early love affair with reading; writes with unabashed fervor of books that shaped her psychosexual maturation (John Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga, Mary McCarthy's The Group); and discusses the books that made her a liberal committed to fighting social injustice (Dickens, the Bible). She compares reading books to intimate friendship--both activities enable us to deconstruct the underpinnings of interpersonal problems and relationships. Her analysis of the limitations of the computer screen is another rebuttal of those who predict the imminent demise of the book. In order to further inspire potential readers, she includes her own admittedly "arbitrary and capricious" reading lists-- "The 10 books I would save in a fire," "10 modern novels that made me proud to be a writer," "10 books that will help a teenager feel more human" and various other categories. But most of all, like the columns she used to write for the New York Times, this essay is tart, smart, full of quirky insights, lapidary and a pleasure to read. (Sept.) FYI: This is the latest in Ballantine's Library of Contemporary Thought.

  • Library Journal

    September 1, 1998
    Readers who miss best-selling novelist Quindlen's newspaper column will welcome the return of her engaging voice in this latest addition to Ballantine's "Library of Contemporary Thought," a series of short, inexpensive trade paperback originals. Never stodgy or academic, Quindlen ties her own experience to reading habits in general and the ways they have changed over the last 100 years, including the recent influence of Oprah. She concludes with a series of arbitrary and capricious reading lists that could give librarians ideas: "10 Books That Will Help a Teenager Feel More Human," "10 Mystery Novels I'd Most Like To Find in a Summer Rental," "10 Modern Novels That Made Me Proud To Be a Writer," etc. This little book for book lovers, an excellent choice for reading groups, is recommended for all libraries.--Mary Paumier Jones, Westminster P.L., Lafayette, CO

  • Booklist

    August 1, 1998
    Quindlen's novels, including "Black and Blue" (1997), have proved to be quite popular, but many readers still think of her as a trustworthy columnist for the "New York Times," and it is in that warm and piquant voice that she addresses the subject of reading. In her swift and compelling paean to the joy of books, Quindlen boldly declares that she has been a voracious reader all her life, not because she wants to educate or better herself, but because she just loves reading "more than any other activity on earth." She believes that many people feel this way because books both "lessen isolation" and help readers escape the demands of everyday life. Reading, she says, is an "undersung" source of pleasure and comfort that ranks right up there with "God, sex, food, family, friends." Memories of book-bliss in childhood segue into incisive discussions of why reading for pleasure is so often viewed with suspicion and why women comprise the majority of fiction readers. Quoting from the American Library Association's reports on banned books in school and public libraries, Quindlen analyzes the great power books possess and the reasons they arouse fear and loathing as well as love and devotion. Technology's effect on publishing and attendant debates over the future of the book also engage Quindlen's nimble mind, and after a thorough assessment, she concludes that while computers are wonderfully useful, there's simply nothing like reading a real book. So ardent is Quindlen, she even compiled reading lists for book lovers of all ages. ((Reviewed August 1998))(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 1998, American Library Association.)

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