The Reader's Catalog

The Reader's Catalog

by Geoffrey O'Brien
     
 
With annotations on more than 40,000 of the best books in print, The Reader's Catalog is the definitive source for readers looking to build a great library. This second edition, published in 1997, is the work of writers, scholars, and critics who contributed their comments to this massive and authoritative reference.

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With annotations on more than 40,000 of the best books in print, The Reader's Catalog is the definitive source for readers looking to build a great library. This second edition, published in 1997, is the work of writers, scholars, and critics who contributed their comments to this massive and authoritative reference.

Editorial Reviews

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
The most attractively laid out and compactly informative guide that I know of to books that are currently in print.
New York Times
Los Angeles Times
A catalogue that is both scholarly and accessible, that challenges the reader without overwhelming, that skirts the academic but refuses to pander to popular taste. By the manner in which The Reader's Catalog presents what is essentially an attractively annotated list of books, it must be called a triumph.
Library Journal - Library Journal
Concerning the online component, which is new to this edition, the editors promise that 'we will make available the entire Reader's Catalog, together with an expanded database of over 300,000 other titles -- virtually every book really available in the country,' thus competing directly with such popular electronic booksellers as Amazon.com. Though it lacks the retrospective depth and rigorous selection criteria of the six-volume Reader's Adviser, this work is a browser's paradise. Librarians, too, will find it helpful for the preparation of bibliographies and collection development work .
-- Ken Kister, author of Kister's Best Encyclopedias, Tampa, FL
Los Angeles Times
A catalogue that is both scholarly and accessible, that challenges the reader without overwhelming, that skirts the academic but refuses to pander to popular taste. By the manner in which The Reader's Catalog presents what is essentially an attractively annotated list of books, it must be called a triumph.
Newsday
The catalog is discriminating yet expansive, a feat of editing that anyone who has wasted time rooting out data in the weeds of the Internet will appreciate.
Union-Tribune San Diego
The idiosyncratic nature of The Reader's Catalog is what makes it so iresistible -- and valuable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780924322013
Publisher:
Reader's Catalogue, The
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
1382
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 10.88(h) x 2.51(d)

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