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

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Ever been betrayed by a pretty cover and a pair of alluring blurbs?

Rest assured: Read This Next will never hurt you. The 500 book recommendations contained within these pages have all been carefullyvetted and approved by two literary professionals with discerning taste and witty wit. Arranged into delightful thematic lists, thesesuggestions cover the best of literature high and low, from page-turning classics to mind-expanding fluff; from murder mysteries and post-apocalyptic ...

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Overview

Ever been betrayed by a pretty cover and a pair of alluring blurbs?

Rest assured: Read This Next will never hurt you. The 500 book recommendations contained within these pages have all been carefullyvetted and approved by two literary professionals with discerning taste and witty wit. Arranged into delightful thematic lists, thesesuggestions cover the best of literature high and low, from page-turning classics to mind-expanding fluff; from murder mysteries and post-apocalyptic visions to historical fiction and bathroom books. Each book is paired with deeply insightful, deeply hilarious discussionquestions, perfect for book groups or for readers who just enjoy talking to themselves.

In a world where so many books disappoint— robbing you of your time and money, promising more than they can deliver—Read This Next is the wickedly smart, faithful, and attractive partner you’ve alwaysdreamed would bring you true and lasting reading happiness.

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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.

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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.”
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.”
Wall Street Journal
“[A] brisk and often funny guide, bristling with snap judgments, the snappier the better.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061856037
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 680,692
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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 novels Cake and The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done. Her writing has appeared in Harper's, Granta, and other publications.

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

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    Amazing! Great for book clubs or solo readers!

    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.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Title says it all

    Great expose of the magicians thought process. The reader should not expect much from declassifed docs, however complete. Does stay true to the magicians code...and the spy ethos by obfuscation and misdirection.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2014

    Good read for background in CIA tricks

    This is a fairly good book for people interested in the methods magicians tried to teach to spies back in the 1960s. Those methods and more are now the purview of Apollo Robbins, but he has yet to write a declassified book. The best part of this book is that the techniques will work, even on attentive spies or other magicians.

    The downside is that has moments of being slightly dry, but so does another book, Whiz Mobs from the 1970s, a book about the culture of pickpockets. The best takeaway from these books are changes in the way people think about the process of deception and spy craft in general.

    It is a good companion to the Sleight of Mind, for those doing research into techniques, like these.

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    Posted March 30, 2014

    DarkClan report area

    Report the activities of DarkClan here. <br>
    Location: "Othello" result one or two.

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