Literary Life from the 2014 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2014 Winter Newsletter.


I love the “By The Book” section of the New York Times Book Review because the casual interview format provides authors a forum in which to reveal quirky and often surprising things about themselves (e.g., David Sedaris used to do most of his reading at IHOP; of all the characters in Shakespeare, Ian McEwan would like to be Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream). And now I can read the best of these in one book.
Reviewed by: 
Rico
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By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from the New York Times Book Review Cover Image
By Pamela Paul (Editor), Scott Turow (Foreword by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781627791458
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - October 28th, 2014

I’m a bit jealous that I haven’t gotten to be one of Lynda Barry’s students, but this book/syllabus/work of genius is the next best thing. It’s like having one of your favorite authors/artists/teachers look right at you and beam down the light of creativity into your soul. The handwritten, fully illustrated syllabus instructs students on which Emily Dickinson poetry lines to memorize (with an illustration of Emily Dickinson) and why literature-scholar-turned-psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist holds the key to imagination, and even how researching one portion of the brain and only answering to the name “Amygdala” for weeks on end is in fact life changing and creativity producing. This book really is a dream come true—unless you actually got to take a class from Lynda and then, well, don’t tell me about it.
Reviewed by: 
S.M.C.
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Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781770461611
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Drawn & Quarterly - October 21st, 2014

What a delightful literary treat! Pericoli draws the views from writers’ windows across the world, evoking such a sense of place that only writing it can rival. Lovelier and more nuanced than a photograph, then paired with essays by the writers themselves, this collection makes you want to read the world through each destination, and is a reminder of how vast and rich our literary landscape is.
Reviewed by: 
Melinda
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Windows on the World: Fifty Writers, Fifty Views Cover Image
By Matteo Pericoli, Lorin Stein (Preface by)
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594205545
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Published: Penguin Press - November 13th, 2014

“Forget Strunk and White’s rules—cognitive science is a surer basis for clear and cogent writing, according to this iconoclastic guide from bestselling Harvard psycholinguist Pinker (The Language Instinct). Every writer can profit from—and every reader can enjoy—Pinker’s analysis of the ways in which skillfully chosen words engage the mind.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
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The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780670025855
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Published: Viking Books - September 30th, 2014

 

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