Read This Next: 500 of the Best Books You'll Ever Read

Read This Next: 500 of the Best Books You'll Ever Read

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by Howard Mittelmark, Sandra Newman
     
 

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Are you tired of bland, overly earnest reading guides that discuss the same old books? Read This Next by Sandra Newman and Howard Mittlemark is the answer. A smart, irreverent, honest, and truly hilarious guide to your 500 new favorite books, Read This Next is aimed at those readers and book groups that are looking for great reading suggestions with

Overview

Are you tired of bland, overly earnest reading guides that discuss the same old books? Read This Next by Sandra Newman and Howard Mittlemark is the answer. A smart, irreverent, honest, and truly hilarious guide to your 500 new favorite books, Read This Next is aimed at those readers and book groups that are looking for great reading suggestions with more variety and spice than the usual book club picks—while offering food for thought and laughter in equal measure.

Editorial Reviews

The first thing to know about this book is that its core emphasis is on captivating reading, not just the giant pillars of world literature. Howard Mittelman and Sandra Newman have searched hard to identify compelling fictional works, from time-tested classics to eerie science fiction thrillers to arresting whodunits to historical novels and amusing bathroom reading fluff. A nice gift for recent graduates and older people who want to get back in the game.

Publishers Weekly
Smart and bracingly funny, novelists Mittelmark (Age of Consent) and Newman (The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Every Done) collaborate a second time on a rollicking addition to the reading group guide genre. Using the same tongue-in-cheek approach as they did in How Not to Write a Novel, the authors pepper their book descriptions with intriguing morsels of literary gossip, like V.S. Naipaul's adultery, and historical trivia regarding eunuchs. Their picks are unexpected and diverse, spanning a multitude of genres, from literary fiction and non-fiction to romance, mystery, and sci-fi. The 500-book list is organized by theme (love, politics, and humor to name a few), making this an easy one to dip into. Yet readers may find themselves enjoying this book cover to cover, carried along by a lively and nimble voice and a treasure trove of once-famous, now-forgotten titles. (Nov.)
Chicago Tribune Books
“[Book groups] would be well advised to bypass the best-sellers in front of bookstores and libraries and pick up this clever (and useful) reading guide. This book’s authors have an eye for offbeat and unappreciated classics […and] taste that spans the highbrow-lowbrow cultural divide.”
Wall Street Journal
“[A] brisk and often funny guide, bristling with snap judgments, the snappier the better.”
Bob Etier
“Sometimes the biggest problem a book discussion group faces is finding a book that everyone wants to read. Here’s the solution: get a copy of Read this Next...open it to a page at random, and read whatever book is discussed on that page.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062020222
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/02/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
File size:
670 KB

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Bob Etier
“Sometimes the biggest problem a book discussion group faces is finding a book that everyone wants to read. Here’s the solution: get a copy of Read this Next...open it to a page at random, and read whatever book is discussed on that page.”

Meet the Author

Writer and editor Howard Mittelmark's book reviews and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Hollywood Reporter, Writer's Digest, and other publications. He is the author of the novel Age of Consent.


Sandra Newman is the author of The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done, which was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award. She is also the author of the novel Cake; the memoir, Changeling; How Not to Write a Novel, an irreverent how-to guide with Howard Mittelmark; and The Western Lit Survival Kit. She lives in New York.

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Read This Next: 500 of the Best Books You'll Ever Read 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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DesC More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic. In the intro they explain how to start your own book club (if you so please). The book is divided into categories like love, war, religion, etc. and with each book they give you info about it and questions to discuss with your book club. They also have little sub sections full of even more great books to read. So great! I cant wait to start reading.