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Prentice Hall Good Reading Guide based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
A good place to get leads on other books to read. The choices are sometimes pretty personal, so I wish there were more material here to let me get to know the recommender, but I've had some success following his leads. Not as much of a pleasure to read as, say, Dirda's Readings or Book Lust, but pretty good. Fiction only.
I love books about books and I have a small collection of them. This book is one of my favorites because of its' structure. It is organized by author and tries to answer the questions: "Where shall I start?" and "Where shall I go next?" With each article describing the author's style, listing some books with which to start, and suggesting which authors are similar in style or genre, the reader has several avenues to pursue further good reading. There are also menus of books by topic scattered throughout the text that provide suggestions for reading. I believe this is one of the most useful reading references for both inexperienced and experienced readers. The author, Kenneth McLeish, has not only authored this delightful book, but he is also the co-author (with Frederic Raphael) of The List of Books -- another favorite and a book I would encourage you to seek out.