Want to impress the hot stranger at the bar who asks for your take on Infinite Jest? Dying to shut up the blowhard in front of you who’s pontificating on Cormac McCarthy’s “recurring road narratives”? Having difficulty keeping Francine Prose and Annie Proulx straight?
For all those overwhelmed readers who need to get a firm grip on the relentless onslaught of must-read books to stay on top of the inevitable conversations that swirl around them, Lauren Leto’s Judging a Book by Its Lover is manna from literary heaven! A hilarious send-up of—and inspired homage to—the passionate and peculiar world of book culture, this guide to literary debate leaves no reader or author unscathed, at once adoring and skewering everyone from Jonathan Franzen to Ayn Rand to Dostoyevsky and the people who read them.
Leto is a good writer and it's easy reading, but I don't know if she's name dropping to show off or if that's just her style of skewering her subjects. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Zeke
I started reading this and gave up around page 30, but then had to go back and finish it. Is it funny? Eh. Is it opinionated? Very. Elitist? Pretends not to be, but really is. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Naz Keynejad
I wanted to like this book so much. Loved the title! Not very clever or humorous and may even do a disservice to certain writers/books reviewed therein. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Antonia S. Gammage
I love books about books so had to at least check out this one. It's short and easy to read but I wasn't blown away by it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Book Nympho
I found this book to be educational without boring. I also found it insightful and would recommend it to anyone.Published 18 months ago by AC
If you love the books like I do, give this a try! I loved it. I wouldn't say it's the deepest book--it's not academic but it doesn't need to be.Published 18 months ago by Christina in Austin
I love books about books. I really do. I know its a book on her opinions and I won't lie, sometimes I really enjoyed it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Alala
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A piece of nonfiction work that is interesting for both a non reader and a super reader. Read more
I picked up this book because the premise of it and the book cover got my attention. Also, I am always in the mood for a good laugh or two. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Cheryl Koch