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For the Love of Books: 115 Celebrated…
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For the Love of Books: 115 Celebrated Writers on the Books They Love Most

by Ronald B. Shwartz (Editor)

Other authors: Diane Ackerman (Contributor), Robert Alter (Contributor), Ken Auletta (Contributor), Nicholson Baker (Contributor), Russell Banks (Contributor)109 more, Dave Barry (Contributor), John Barth (Contributor), Jacques Barzun (Contributor), Ann Beattie (Contributor), Louis Begley (Contributor), Madison Smartt Bell (Contributor), Anne Bernays (Contributor), Sven Birkerts (Contributor), Amy Bloom (Contributor), Roy Blount, Jr. (Contributor), Robert Bly (Contributor), Benjamin C. Bradlee (Contributor), Rita Mae Brown (Contributor), Art Buchwald (Contributor), Christopher Buckley (Contributor), Ethan Canin (Contributor), Philip Caputo (Contributor), John Casey (Contributor), Robert Coles (Contributor), Robert Coover (Contributor), Robert Creeley (Contributor), Guy Davenport (Contributor), Rita Dove (Contributor), Gretel Ehrlich (Contributor), Joseph Epstein (Contributor), Anne Fadiman (Contributor), Clifton Fadiman (Contributor), Stanley Fish (Contributor), Penelope Fitzgerald (Contributor), Bruce Jay Friedman (Contributor), William Gass (Contributor), Sir Martin Gilbert (Contributor), Gail Godwin (Contributor), Nadine Gordimer (Contributor), Doris Grumbach (Contributor), Pete Hamill (Contributor), Jonathan Harr (Contributor), John Hawkes (Contributor), Anthony Hecht (Contributor), Edward Hoagland (Contributor), John Irving (Contributor), Justin Kaplan (Contributor), Susanna Kaysen (Contributor), Alfred Kazin (Contributor), Tracy Kidder (Contributor), W.P. Kinsella (Contributor), Caroline Knapp (Contributor), Maxine Kumin (Contributor), Anthony Lane (Contributor), David Leavitt (Contributor), Elmore Leonard (Contributor), Doris Lessing (Contributor), David Lodge (Contributor), Phillip Lopate (Contributor), Norman Mailer (Contributor), William Manchester (Contributor), James McBride (Contributor), Frank McCourt (Contributor), Elizabeth McCracken (Contributor), Joseph McElroy (Contributor), Thomas McGuane (Contributor), Ved Mehta (Contributor), W.S. Merwin (Contributor), Arthur Miller (Contributor), Sue Miller (Contributor), Peggy Noonan (Contributor), Joyce Carol Oates (Contributor), P.J. O’Rourke (Contributor), Sharon Olds (Contributor), Michael Ondaatje (Contributor), Amos Oz (Contributor), Cynthia Ozick (Contributor), Grace Paley (Contributor), Jay Parini (Contributor), Robert B. Parker (Contributor), Noel Perrin (Contributor), Marge Piercy (Contributor), Robert M. Pirsig (Contributor), Richard A. Posner (Contributor), Padgett Powell (Contributor), Reynolds Price (Contributor), James Purdy (Contributor), Mario Puzo (Contributor), Anna Quindlen (Contributor), Richard Rhodes (Contributor), Mordecai Richler (Contributor), Lillian Ross (Contributor), Judith Rossner (Contributor), Witold Rybczynski (Contributor), Orville Schell (Contributor), Joanna Scott (Contributor), Carol Shields (Contributor), Alan Sillitoe (Contributor), Neil Simon (Contributor), Mona Simpson (Contributor), W.D. Snodgrass (Contributor), Oliver Stone (Contributor), Mark Strand (Contributor), William Styron (Contributor), Gay Talese (Contributor), D.M. Thomas (Contributor), John Updike (Contributor), Kurt Vonnegut (Contributor), Wendy Wasserstein (Contributor), Paul West (Contributor), Richard Wilbur (Contributor), Geoffrey Wolff (Contributor), Tobias Wolff (Contributor), Herman Wouk (Contributor)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

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File next to Michael Olmert, The Smithsonian Book of Books
  Jwsmith20 | Jan 22, 2012 |
When you love books, like I do, one of the things we book lovers seem to love is to read about what books other books lovers love to read. Browsable fun. ( )
  debnance | Jan 29, 2010 |
I have read snippets of this book over the past two years, and I think I've gotten through all of it now. The design of the book allows for the reader to dip in and read one of the included authors' views on their own favorite books. Some of the entries are very interesting, some read like half-hearted responses without much to them. Shwartz does a fine job of selecting a diverse set of very accomplished authors in this collection. Overall, this book was enjoyable at times, but it is hard to rate it above two stars. It simply did not challenge or change my thinking, and I think a book needs to do that to warrant three stars. ( )
  Joe24 | Jun 7, 2009 |
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Shwartz, Ronald B.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ackerman, DianeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alter, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Auletta, KenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baker, NicholsonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Banks, RussellContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barry, DaveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barth, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barzun, JacquesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beattie, AnnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Begley, LouisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bell, Madison SmarttContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bernays, AnneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Birkerts, SvenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bloom, AmyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blount, Roy, Jr.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bly, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradlee, Benjamin C.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, Rita MaeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buchwald, ArtContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buckley, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Canin, EthanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Caputo, PhilipContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Casey, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Coles, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Coover, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Creeley, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davenport, GuyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dove, RitaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ehrlich, GretelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Epstein, JosephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fadiman, AnneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fadiman, CliftonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fish, StanleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fitzgerald, PenelopeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Friedman, Bruce JayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gass, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilbert, Sir MartinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Godwin, GailContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gordimer, NadineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grumbach, DorisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hamill, PeteContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harr, JonathanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hawkes, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hecht, AnthonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hoagland, EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Irving, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kaplan, JustinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kaysen, SusannaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kazin, AlfredContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kidder, TracyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kinsella, W.P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Knapp, CarolineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kumin, MaxineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lane, AnthonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leavitt, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leonard, ElmoreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lessing, DorisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lodge, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lopate, PhillipContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mailer, NormanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Manchester, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McBride, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCourt, FrankContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCracken, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McElroy, JosephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McGuane, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mehta, VedContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Merwin, W.S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, ArthurContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, SueContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Noonan, PeggyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oates, Joyce CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O’Rourke, P.J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Olds, SharonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ondaatje, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oz, AmosContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ozick, CynthiaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Paley, GraceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parini, JayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parker, Robert B.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Perrin, NoelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Piercy, MargeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pirsig, Robert M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Posner, Richard A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Powell, PadgettContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Price, ReynoldsContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Purdy, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Puzo, MarioContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Quindlen, AnnaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rhodes, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Richler, MordecaiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ross, LillianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rossner, JudithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rybczynski, WitoldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schell, OrvilleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scott, JoannaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shields, CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sillitoe, AlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Simon, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Simpson, MonaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Snodgrass, W.D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stone, OliverContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Strand, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Styron, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Talese, GayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thomas, D.M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Updike, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vonnegut, KurtContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wasserstein, WendyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
West, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilbur, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Wolff, TobiasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wouk, HermanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425172945, Paperback)

For this ultimate book lover's guide, more than one hundred distinguished writers share their personal thoughts in response to the question: what books have left the greatest impression on you and why? The result is not a contrived list of Western civilization's "Great Books," but a heartfelt commentary on works that these lifelong readers most admire.

"For anybody with a passion for books, this is certainly the most entertaining literary companion...quite irresistible." --Washington Post Book World

"Luxuriate in the memories of intellectual awakening...a memory book of fond epiphanies." --Kirkus Reviews

"If you're a book lover, this is pretty irresistible stuff." --Chicago Sun-Times

"The authors offer surprisingly intimate glimpses of themselves." --The Miami Herald

"Gorgeously written paeans." --The Improper Bostonian

Contributors include
Diane Ackerman
Russell Banks
Dave Barry
Ann Beattie
Robert Bly
Rita Mae Brown
Art Buchwald
Christopher Buckley
Bruce Jay Friedman
Nadine Gordimer
Doris Grumbach
Pete Hamill
John Irving
Tracy Kidder
W.P. Kinsella
David Leavitt
Elmore Leonard
Doris Lessing
Norman Mailer
James McBride
Elizabeth McCracken
Thomas McGuane
Arthur Miller
Sue Miller
Peggy Noonan
Joyce Carol Oates
Michael Ondaatje
P.J. O'Rourke
Amos Oz
Cynthia Ozick
Grace Paley
Robert B. Parker
Marge Piercy
Reynolds Price
James Purdy Mario Puzo
Anna Quindlen
Carol Shields
Neil Simon
Oliver Stone
William Styron
Gay Talese
John Updike
Kurt Vonnegut
Wendy Wasserstein
Tobias Wolff
Herman Wouk
and others

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