Bound to Last
30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book
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Lovers of the printed book, arise Thirty of today's top writers are here to tell you you're not alone. In Bound to Last, an amazing array of authors comes to the passionate defense of the printed book with spirited, never-before-published essays celebrating the hardcover or paperback they hold most dear--not necessarily because of its contents, but because of its significance as a one-of-a-kind, irreplaceable object. Whether focusing on the circumstances behind how a particular book was acquired, or how it has become forever "bound up" with a specific person, time, or place, each piece collected here confirms--poignantly, delightfully, irrefutably--that every book tells a story far beyond the one found within its pages. In addition to a foreword by Ray Bradbury, Bound to Last features original contributions by: Chris Abani, Rabih Alameddine, Anthony Doerr, Louis Ferrante, Nick Flynn, Karen Joy Fowler, Julia Glass, Karen Green, David Hajdu, Terrence Holt, Jim Knipfel, Shahriar Mandanipour, Sarah Manguso, Sean Manning, Joyce Maynard, Philipp Meyer, Jonathan Miles, Sigrid Nunez, Ed Park, Victoria Patterson, Francine Prose, Michael Ruhlman, Elissa Schappell, Christine Schutt, Jim Shepard, Susan Straight, J. Courtney Sullivan, Anthony Swofford, Danielle Trussoni, and Xu Xiaobin.
Praise For Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book…
Elle, November 2010
“Presents a tantalizing array of essays on beloved books.”
PopMatters.com, 11/1/10“One of the real strengths of the volume is its eclecticism: contributors range from well-established authors (Ray Bradbury contributed the introduction) to relative novices…The variety of perspectives, and books selected to write about, is impressive…All in all, Bound to Last is a timely reminder of the permanent importance of printed books.”
Bookviews.com, November 2010“[A] testimony to the pleasures of having a favorite book at hand to re-read and re-visit…For bibliophiles it will provide some delightful reading.”
NBCNewYork.com, 11/3/10“Now that devices like the Kindle are making the printed word seem even more like an inevitably doomed dinosaur, there’s never been a better time for a loving valentine to the book.” New City, 11/4/10“Not only do many of these essays go to the soul of how their writers found their calling, but the diversity of their experiences is totally unexpected…Refreshingly, this collection poignantly delivers even more than it promises.”
Milwaukee Shepherd Express, 11/5/10“Most of the essayists gathered in this slender volume are of younger generations and speak of particular books as memory chests—not just the words themselves but the tactile nature of books, their dog-eared covers, creased pages and underlined sentences.”
San Francisco Book Review, 11/1/10“A book lover’s book. If one ever suspected that books change people’s lives, the essays in this collection confirm that…Whether one’s taste is traditional or postmodern, a book lover will most likely love this collection.”
Bookforum.com’s “Paper Trail” Blog, 11/11/10“There are some excellent and in some cases deeply inspired entries.” St. Petersburg Times, 11/14/10“Intriguing essays from a wide range of writers about beloved books and the personal reasons they are valued.”
InfoDad.com, 11/18/10“A wonderful gift for a more literary friend…What joy this little book includes for those who love today’s authors!... not only provides insight into 30 of today’s writers but also can make the recipient of this gift look at the books the writers choose as their favorites in a new light.” Time Out Chicago, 11/18/10“The perfect gift for a writer, a reader, or someone looking for that next great book.” Minneapolis Star Tribune, 11/20/10“This book is steeped in the sentiment of true book lovers.” Bookgasm.com, 11/29/10“It’s an admirable venture. The foreword by Ray Bradbury plants you in the perfect mood for the contributors to follow.” TheBookWeb.com, 11/21/10“A paean to the printed book at a moment when sales of e-books are climbing and everyone seems to be reading digital editions on their Kindles and Nooks and Ipads…Bound to Last is a welcome and timely reminder that a printed book…can command an importance and an intense affection that transcends its contents.” Shelf Unbound, December 2010“[A] deftly diverse and surprising anthology…serving both as a compelling reminder of how books have changed our own lives and as an impetus to pick up a dusty volume that transformed someone else’s.” Maclean’s (Canada), 11/24/10
“A surprising gem…We aren’t simply given an appreciation of the selected titles. We also get a sense of the magic dust that floats around a given book: its smell; the painful or happy personal memories attached to it; where it was purchased, found or given; the palpable comfort gained from the mere presence of a worn, tattered copy sitting on a desk.” Tucson Citizen, 12/15/10
“Each piece reaffirms that every book tells a story in addition to the one found between its covers…This is a wonderful little book. The foreword by Ray Bradbury sets just the right tone.” Parade, 12/19/10“Harold Robbins’ once-racy The Carpetbaggers is one of several unexpected picks in this collection, which also touts classic fare like James Joyce’s Ulysses. And since each sparkling essay (by writers including Julia Glass and Francine Prose) is really a mini-memoir, it can be savored on at least two levels.” Montreal Gazette (Canada), 1/15/11“As nostalgic as it is hopeful.” Wall Street Journal, 2/13/11“The pairings of book and writer are sometimes unexpected.”
Bookslut, February 2011“Readers hear from writers across the literary spectrum on titles that range from a Dungeons and Dragons manual to The Bible…Every page leads the reader into another intimate moment, into funny reminiscences, heartfelt recollections and more touching tributes…Whether you embrace the notion of hard copy over e-book or not, this is a book for the reader. It is a collection of extremely well-written personal essays by very smart people who love books. It celebrates the act of reading, the impact books can have on our lives and the long reach that words carry.”
The Writer, March 2011“Reading these essays, you can’t help but think of your favorite books, who gave them to you, and what was happening in your life when you read them…The essays here can move you to tears and laughter while giving you ideas for books to add to your collection.”
WTVF TV (CBS, Nashville), 1/11/11
“Is reading more part of your resolutions for 2011? This is the perfect book to help you with your selections. A great source to keep always.”
Internet Review of Books, 12/22/11“The essays in Bound to Last…open a door into the writer’s life and encourage one to get to know him or her better…The essays also encourage readers to consider the book they cherish most and the role it played in their lives—and that’s a good exercise for anyone.” Publishers Weekly, web-exclusive, 4/11/11“These essays remind us that books can be living, breathing organisms, as well as powerful artifacts from our personal pasts.” Washington Post, 5/11/11
“A lovely ode to the dog-eared, water-stained, mouse-nibbled pleasures of a real book.”
Ridgecrest News Review, 9/21/12 “Revitalizes the concept of ‘booklover’ and booklovers will absolutely love it.”
Da Capo Press, 9780306819216, 240pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2010
About the Author
Sean Manning is the author of The Things That Need Doing: A Memoir and editor of the nonfiction anthologies Top of the Order, The Show I'll Never Forget, and Rock and Roll Cage Match. He lives in New York.
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