Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life

By: Dirda, Michael

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning critic's often surprising meditation on those places where life and books intersect and what might be learned from both
Once out of school, most of us read for pleasure.Yet there is another equally important, though often overlooked, reason that we read: to learn how to live. Though books have always been understood as life-teachers, the exact way in which they instruct, cajole, and convince remains a subject of some mystery. 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 can inform and enrich 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 considerable knowledge, which he wears lightly. Favoring showing rather than telling, Dirda draws the reader deeper into the classics, as well as lesser-known works of literature, history, and philosophy, always with an eye to what is relevant to how we might better understand our lives.

Title: Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life

Author/Composer: Dirda, Michael

Categories: Literary Criticism,

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.: 2006-05-02

ISBN Number: 0805078770

ISBN Number 13: 9780805078770

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: 015610

Description: Very Good Condition: Pages unmarked. Tight binding. Black marker dot on bottom outer page edges. Dustjacket shows minor storage wear. Hardcover book with dustjacket copy of Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life by Michael Dirda. New York: Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2005. First edition 2006. xvii, 170 pages. 5.75 x 7.75 inches, 20 cm. Michael Dirda is a book critic for the Washington Post. He has been a Fulbright Fellow and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1993. Free shipping on domestic orders $25 and over!

Keywords: Literary Criticism, Books and Reading,