Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Books about Books . . .

Book Riot comes through with a pretty comprehensive list on a subject dear to my heart.

A Great Big, Huge, Not Very Small at All List of Books About Books
A couple weeks back, a Riot reader who goes under the alias Anne Boleyn asked the Book Riot community to recommend books about books. She didn’t specify fiction or non, so we left it open, and HOO BOY. If ever there were a request in y’all’s wheelhouse, it’s this one! Here’s what you shouted out in the comments and on Facebook and Twitter.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke
The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley
In Quest of the Perfect Book by William Dana Orcutt
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Among Others by Jo Walton
Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen by Fay Weldon
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Breath of God by Jeffrey Small
O, Juliet by Robin Maxwell
Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman
Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard
The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The World According to Garp by John Irving
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume edited by Jennifer O’Connell
Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage
City of the Dreaming Books by Walter Moers
Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife by Francine Prose
Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee
The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
Imagined London by Anna Quindlen
A Gentle Madness by Nicholas Basbanes
Ex-Libris by Ross King
The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte
The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber
The Bookman mystery series by John Dunning
Kensington Gardens by Rodrigo Fresan
Possession by A.S. Byatt
The Pagemaster by David Kirschner
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Alison Hoover Bartlett
Books by Larry McMurtry
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen
Ruined by Reading by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
Shelf Life by Gary Paulson
A Reader’s Delight by Noel Perrin
Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co. by Jeremy Mercer
What the Dormouse Said: Lessons for Grown-ups from Children’s Books collected by Amy Gash
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson
The Book on the Bookshelf by Henry Petroski
Behind the Bestsellers by Jenny Bond and Chris Sheedy
Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
Hit Lit by James W. Hall


Nan said...

So pleased to see Noel Perrin's book listed here. It is very special.

Trish said...

Yes! There are so many titles here I'll have to start researching some of them. I'm surprised Daniel Pennac's Better Than Life is not here, though.

Ruth Shehigian said...

Add "Peace Like a River" by Steiger Larsen. Beautiful. Lyrical. Prose that could make you weep in its magical simplicity.

Trish said...

That one sounds good, too, Ruth. Thanks!