The purchase of the B&N Exclusive Edition includes an 16” x 21” poster featuring a checklist of all 1,000 Books so that you can keep track of your reading journey”.
It’s time to talk books—and the conversation starts here.Encompassing fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die moves across cultures and through time to present an eclectic collection of titles, each described with the special enthusiasm readers summon when recommending a book to a friend. The expected pillars are here, including Jane Austen and Toni Morrison, Virgil, Dante, Dickens and Tolstoy, Franz Kafka and Simone de Beauvoir—their works made fresh through the author’s animated essays. Established classics are joined by new and unexpected choices like Citizen and Friday Night Lights. A Visit from the Goon Squad and The Pillow Bookof Sei Shōnagon, The Day of the Jackal and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. The result is a treasury of essential reading for expansive tastes. The book’s alphabetical listing by last name results in the serendipity of juxtaposition—Cormac McCarthy’s The Road next to Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings, John le Carré next to Ursula K. Le Guin next to Harper Lee. Following each entry are rich endnotes that include publication dates and preferred editions, other books by the same author, related books to try, and listings of worthy adaptations, including movies and audiobooks. In total, more than six thousand titles by thirty-five hundred authors are recommended. A Miscellany of Special Lists at the end of the book offers the reader surprising entry points into the collection, such as “Books to Read in a Sitting,” including The Little Virtues by Natalia Ginzburg and The Third Man by Graham Greene, and “Offbeat Escapes,” including Freya Stark’s The Valleys of the Assassins and Felice Benuzzi’s No Picnic on Mount Kenya. For the truly dedicated reader, “A Long Climb, but What a View”—a perfect way to describe those mountainous texts we long to scale, such as Proust’s In Search of Lost Time and Shelby Foote’s The Civil War. An insightfully curated personal compendium that will inspire hours of browsing and a lifetime of reading, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die celebrates the gorgeous mosaic that is our literary heritage.
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About the Author
James Mustich began his career in bookselling at an independent book store in Briarcliff Manor, New York, in the early 1980s. In 1986, he co-founded the acclaimed book catalog, A Common Reader, and was for two decades its guiding force. He subsequently has worked as an editorial and product development executive in the publishing industry. He lives with his wife, Margot, in Connecticut.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
...this will inspire dozens of purchases and stacks of volumes in your "to read" pile.
Excellent reference book for avid readers looking for recommendations about books to read or maybe to reread books read years ago. The descriptions of each book on the list are well written.
Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review James Mustich's 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die. There are, I am aware, myriad books out there that aim to create the quintessential reading list. I think that this one, which was released on October 2, does an excellent job of formulating a list that contains, along with works so classic that any list is incomplete without them, something for everyone - History, Sports, Memoir, Biography, Science, Philosophy, and every genre of Fiction. I particularly loved the inclusion of Children's Literature from picture books to young adult classics. The author's descriptions were accessible, short, and just tantalizing enough to make me want to pick up each book I read about and start reading then and there. Along with the descriptions of the collection's highlighted entries were lists of authors other notable books, suggestions for similar or related books, and, my favorite as a film lover, adaptations. The suggested adaptations included not just films but also adaptations for the stage, opera and stand out audiobooks. Most of the entries also included photographs and stunning illustrations from some of the seminal editions. I'll admit that I didn't read every entry, focusing instead on books that I've read, that are on my to-be-read list, or that simply piqued my interest as I scrolled through the pages. Even the appendices, which include a Miscellany of Special list (such as books from the list that you can Read in a Sitting or Family Read Alouds) and the 1,000 Books Checklist made 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die a joyous bibliophile experience. The checklist alone has me longing for my own hard copy of this book.
I won't say I read it cover to cover, but did finish the introduction and premise dscriptions, while scanning the entries for the individual 1000 titles. Well thought out and presented collections which is, arguably, a good starting list for a lifetime of reading challenges.
1,000 Books To Read Before You Die is a comprehensive list of the greatest classics to modern day reads all complied in one book. This really isn't a book to read from cover to cover but a book that is easy to flip through in order to appeal to your tastes of books. I already know that I will not be reading all 1,000 books in this list but it was fun to see what books I have read and what might appeal to me in the future! It does rely heavily on the classics like Macbeth which nothing is wrong with it, it's just not my kind of a read. It does have books from recent years like the Twilight Saga and books along that line that might appeal to younger readers. Nonetheless, it was a fun book to flip through to see what books made it and what might be fun to read! Thank You to James Mustich for this very interesting list of books that will appeal to any book lover! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!