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Bildungsroman, kunstlerroman—but what is the term for a reader’s coming of age story? That’s the genre Paul’s delightfully bookish memoir falls into. Co-written by Bob, Paul’s Book of Books, this moving, funny, and relatable account of a life spent trying to read as much as possible isn’t criticism, but tells “the stories that lie between book and reader.” Just as a devoted birder recalls the circumstances of the sighting of each species on a life-list, Paul needs only a title to prompt vivid tales of when, where, and who she was at the time she read that book. Starting with The Trial, she recounts instances of her “unsocialized” childhood, reading anywhere and everywhere, then her happy discovery of a reading-friendly culture in France. She has some spine-tingling adventures from her travels in Thailand and Vietnam and examples of how books can make and break a romance, enrich parenting, and help someone mourn a loss; Paul now selects certain books with her late father in mind, to read “for him.”  
My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues Cover Image
ISBN: 9781627796316
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 2nd, 2017

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Geoff Dyer always dreamed of writing a definitive study of  D.H. Lawrence. But doing research felt like putting off writing, and he couldn’t write without doing sufficient research.  As Dyer endlessly circles his subject, procrastinates, dithers about, and goes off on red herrings, he takes his readers along for a ride, and the result is hilarious. In the end, he produces a marvelous portrait of Lawrence as well as a book on the agonies of writing. If you’re a serious reader and have put off reading it, take it with you to the beach this summer.
Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D. H. Lawrence Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312429461
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Published: Picador - November 10th, 2009

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“If sack and sugar be a fault, God help the wicked! If to be old and merry be a sin, then many an old host that I know is damned: if to be fat be to be hated, then Pharaoh's lean kine are to be loved…banish plump Jack, and banish all the world!” exclaims Sir John Falstaff, Shakespeare’s legendary creation and the subject of Harold Bloom’s latest. Bloom is a friendly guide leading you through Falstaff’s brilliant vitality, beautiful language, and raw personal charm. For him, Shakespeare’s characters aren’t fictitiousthey are companions by his side through life.
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$23.00
ISBN: 9781501164132
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Published: Scribner - April 4th, 2017

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