Book by Book

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Book by Book

Notes on Reading and Life

By Michael Dirda

Owl Books (NY), Paperback, 9780805083385, 170pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2007


"As warm and stimulating as a library to which one returns again and again."
"Chicago Tribune" (Editor's Choice)

While books contain insights into our selves and the world, it takes a conversation between the author and the reader, or between two readers to bring them fully to life. Drawing on sources as diverse as Dr. Seuss and Simone Weil, P. G. Wodehouse and Isaiah Berlin, Pulitzer Prize winning critic Michael Dirda shows how the wit, wisdom, and enchantment of the written word informs and enriches nearly every aspect of life, from education and work to love and death.

Organized by significant life events and abounding with quotations from great writers and thinkers, "Book by Book" showcases Dirda's capacious love for and understanding of books. Favoring showing as much as telling, Dirda draws us deeper into the classics, as well as lesser-known works of literature, history, and philosophy, always with an eye to how we might better understand our lives.

About the Author
Michael Dirda is a Pulitzer Prize winning critic and longtime book columnist for the "Washington Post". He is the author of four collections of essays, "Readings", "Bound to Please", "Book by Book", and "Classics for Pleasure", as well as the memoir "An Open Book". A lifelong Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle fan, he was inducted into The Baker Street Irregulars in 2002.