What Should I Read Next?

What Should I Read Next?

by Jessica R. Feldman
     
 

" I cannot live without books."
—Thomas Jefferson

Even the most well-read among us feel gaps in our knowledge. Former English majors or art students want to understand the monetary system; mathematicians or doctors just want a great novel. Travel sections in bookstores are full of authors ready to tell you the hundred places to visit before you die, but

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" I cannot live without books."
—Thomas Jefferson

Even the most well-read among us feel gaps in our knowledge. Former English majors or art students want to understand the monetary system; mathematicians or doctors just want a great novel. Travel sections in bookstores are full of authors ready to tell you the hundred places to visit before you die, but what about the best book to read on global warming?

What Should I Read Next? taps seventy University of Virginia professors in an array of fields for suggestions on how to satisfy this nagging intellectual curiosity. Each contributor recommends five titles that speak to their area of inquiry, providing both a general introduction and commentary on each selection. The results read like a series of personal tutorials: Larry Sabato considers how political power is acquired, used, and held onto; climatologist Robert E. Davis provides a timely navigation of global-warming literature; and Michael Levenson offers five ways to approach James Joyce’s Ulysses. Other topics include how computing changes thinking, the life and afterlife of slavery, understanding cities, and ecstatic poetry. The entries convey the contributors’ expertise but also, more importantly, the enthusiasm, the original kernels of curiosity, that drew these scholars to their life’s work.

Designed for the lifelong learner who wants to branch out from his or her own profession or discipline, these explorations—of art, science, history, technology, politics, and much more—offer an inspiring place to start.

University of Virginia Press

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Editorial Reviews

Michael Dirda
Imagine a dinner party where you find yourself chatting with a group of people who seem to know just about everything about global warming, classical Hinduism, jazz, the American West, Chicago architecture, modern poetry, and any number of other fascinating subjects. As you're about to leave the party, each of them hands you a scribbled list of the classic works in his or her field. Now imagine that evening and those lists as a book. What Should I Read Next? is a wonderful Baedeker for serious readers, a guide to a liberal education in the 21st century.

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ISBN-13:
9780813927367
Publisher:
University of Virginia
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Pages:
298
Sales rank:
1,375,743
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Michael Dirda
"Imagine a dinner party where you find yourself chatting with a group of people who seem to know just about everything about global warming, classical Hinduism, jazz, the American West, Chicago architecture, modern poetry, and any number of other fascinating subjects. As you're about to leave the party, each of them hands you a scribbled list of the classic works in his or her field. Now imagine that evening and those lists as a book. What Should I Read Next? is a wonderful Baedeker for serious readers, a guide to a liberal education in the 21st century."--(Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author of Classics for Pleasure)

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