If You Love To Read…

December 15, 2006

In the spirit of you can never get too much of a good thing, several well-known novelists have written books… about reading books. We recommend the following: Reading Like A Writer by Francine Prose-the trick to writing, she says, is reading–carefully, deliberately and slowly; Thirteen Ways Of Looking At The Novel by Jane Smiley- a thorough reflection on the art and craft of writing; The Things That Matter by Edward Mendelson-he looks at 7 great works of fiction seeking to gather practical wisdom; Rereadings by Anne Fadiman-a collection of essays on the varied ways book lovers read; and A Writer’s Coach by Jack Hart-how to achieve clear, forceful and effective writing no matter the subject (available through ReQuest at the Library).