Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month…

A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and…

by Janice A. Radway

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
111None108,775 (3.11)2



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 2 mentions

No reviews
Radway states in her introduction that hers is a ''self-divided narrator,'' its voices and perspectives in constant contention, unsynthesized, not even in her control. She may have intended to produce, through these tensions, a complex and resonant book that would express her whole and unresolved self. If that was her intention, then I think the main reason she fails to achieve it is that she avoids any cost to herself when she does use that autobiographical ''I.'' The clash between her present academic self -- the theoretical voice of Part 2 -- and her autobiographical middlebrow self is unacknowledged. These voices are not in productive contention. They operate in separate spheres. Their opposition cannot constitute a narrative. It is fine to dramatize a divided self, but the selves have to talk to each other.
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
A Feeling For Books is at once a fascinating study of an influential cultural institution and a profoundly personal meditaion on the love and books and the experience of reading. Deftly melding cultural history, literary criticism, and authobiographical reflection, Radway traces the history of the Book-of-the-Month Club from its controversial founding in 1926 through its evolution into an organization uniquely successful in blending commerce and culture. Working as an ethnographer woud, from interviews with club employees and with records left by the club's founders and original judges, Radway reconstructs the standards and ethos as well as the tastes and passions that drove club officials. In the process, she provides an insightful look at the attractions of middlebrow culture and an intriguing account of middle-class Americans' desire to display the tastefulo signs of learning and education. -B&N
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0807848301, Paperback)

Deftly melding ethnography, cultural history, literary criticism, and autobiographical reflection, A Feeling for Books is at once an engaging study of the Book-of-the-Month Club's influential role as a cultural institution and a profoundly personal meditation about the experience of reading. Janice Radway traces the history of the famous mail-order book club from its controversial founding in 1926 through its evolution into an enterprise uniquely successful in blending commerce and culture.

Framing her historical narrative with writing of a more personal sort, Radway reflects on the contemporary role of the Book-of-the-Month Club in American cultural history and in her own life. Her detailed account of the standards and practices employed by the club's in-house editors is also an absorbing story of her interactions with those editors. Examining her experiences as a fourteen-year-old reader of the club's selections and, later, as a professor of literature, she offers a series of rigorously analytical yet deeply personal readings of such beloved novels as Marjorie Morningstar and To Kill a Mockingbird.

Rich and rewarding, this book will captivate and delight anyone who is interested in the history of books and in the personal and transformative experience of reading.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:52 -0400)

(see all 3 descriptions)

No library descriptions found.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
15 wanted

Popular covers


Average: (3.11)
1 1
2 1
3 4
4 2
5 1

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 116,222,552 books! | Top bar: Always visible