Second Reading

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This collection of reviews and reevaluations by Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Jonathan Yardley considers lesser-known works from renowned authors and underappreciated talents, and offers fresh takes on old favorites. Yardley's reviews of sixty titles include fiction by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, John Cheever, and Henry Fielding; the autobiography of Louis Armstrong; essays by Nora Ephron; and Margaret Leach's history of Washington during the Civil War. Second Readings is also the memoir of a passionate and ...
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This collection of reviews and reevaluations by Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Jonathan Yardley considers lesser-known works from renowned authors and underappreciated talents, and offers fresh takes on old favorites. Yardley's reviews of sixty titles include fiction by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, John Cheever, and Henry Fielding; the autobiography of Louis Armstrong; essays by Nora Ephron; and Margaret Leach's history of Washington during the Civil War. Second Readings is also the memoir of a passionate and lifelong reader told through the books that have meant the most to him. Playing the part of both reviewer and bibliophile, Yardley takes on Steinbeck and Salinger, explores the southern fiction of Shirley Ann Grau and Eudora Welty, looks into a darker side of Roald Dahl and praises the pulp fiction of William Bradford Huie and the crime novels of John McDonald.
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For seven years, beginning in 2003, the Washington Post ran articles by Jonathan Yardley that was modestly subtitled, "An occasional series in The Post's book critic reconsiders notable and/or neglected books from the past." Yardley's criteria for his selections was admirably informal: "books I remember with affection and admiration but have not read in many years, books I would like to encourage others to discover." His choices, as one might expect, were eclectic: Titles by Hemingway, Steinbeck, Dickens, Carson Tyler, and Anne Tyler rubbed shoulders with books on baseball, football, jazz, and film comedy. This trade paperback collects these gems and it arrives with the best possible endorsement: It is reading that will inspire you to seek out some of these classics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609450083
  • Publisher: Europa Editions, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,386,807
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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