B-Side Books: Essays on Forgotten Favorites

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Columbia University Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 1.0 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author
John Plotz is Barbara Mandel Professor of Humanities at Brandeis University. His books include Semi-Detached: The Aesthetics of Virtual Experience Since Dickens (2017) and the illustrated children's book Time and the Tapestry: A William Morris Adventure (2014). He is the editor of the B-Sides series on Public Books and the cohost of the podcasts Recall This Book and Novel Dialogue.
B-Side Books is a book about the pleasures of reading that is a pleasure to read. It is motley and varied and tonally wide-ranging in all the best ways.--Briallen Hopper, author of Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions
Personal, conversational, and enthusiastic, the writers in this collection come not as critics but as readers fired up by the books they love and who want to pass on these experiences.--Colm Tóibín, author of Brooklyn: A Novel
These diverse, passionate, and persuasive essays are a rare gift--a form of exhilarating literary conversation with brilliant readers. B-Side Books introduces forgotten gems by beloved authors and undiscovered marvels by unfamiliar authors, in joyful celebration of books that the writers secretly adore.--Claire Messud, author of The Emperor's Children
Italo Calvino suggests we all have our classics, whatever the canon says. Many of us also cherish books that are an essential part of any world we can imagine or remember. This volume gathers a wonderful set of such books and offers intimate essays about them: treasures upon treasures.--Michael Wood, author of The Habits of Distraction
Erudite and appreciative essays on what and why to read.--Kirkus Reviews