Browsings (Hardcover)

A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books

By Michael Dirda

Thorndike Press, 9781410485007, 417pp.

Publication Date: December 23, 2015

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (8/14/2015)
Hardcover (8/15/2015)
Paperback (12/6/2016)
Compact Disc (8/15/2015)
MP3 CD (8/15/2015)
Compact Disc (8/15/2015)

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Dirda's latest volume collects fifty of his witty and wide-ranging reflections on literary journalism, book collecting, and the writers he loves. Reaching from the classics to the post-moderns, his allusions dance from Samuel Johnson, Ralph Waldo Emerson and M. F. K. Fisher to Marilynne Robinson, Hunter S. Thompson, and David Foster Wallace. Dirda's topics are equally diverse: literary pets, the lost art of cursive writing, book inscriptions, the pleasures of science fiction conventions, author photographs, novelists in old age, Oberlin College, a year in Marseille, writer's block, and much more, not to overlook a few rants about Washington life and American culture. As admirers of his earlier books will expect, there are annotated lists galore of perfect book titles, great adventure novels, favorite words, essential books about books, and beloved children's classics, as well as a revealing peek at the titles Michael keeps on his own nightstand. Funny and erudite, occasionally poignant or angry, Browsings is a celebration of the reading life, a fan's notes, and the perfect gift for any booklover.