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More Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason 1St Edition Edition

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From Publishers Weekly

Rarely does a member of that unjustly maligned species, the librarian, attract the kind of attention Pearl did when she founded the first citywide reading program in Seattle in 1998. Many readers will seek her advice in this companion volume to Book Lust, which offers a wealth of new reading lists. (Many of the books on them, she acknowledges, are out of print—making for a good opportunity, she suggests, to visit your library.) The upshot is that these are not all classics—they're just books she or someone else really enjoyed reading, presented in more than 100 lists covering a delightful range of topics, from the biographical or geographical (Winston Churchill, Africa) to favorite writers categorized as "too good to miss" (including classics such as P.G. Wodehouse and contemporary writers like Jonathan Weiner and Walter Mosley). More idiosyncratic recommendations for the questing reader include "All in the Family" (books by writer dynasties); "Dick Lit" (her much better term for Lad Lit, for which, she admits, Nick Hornby has set a high bar); and "Tricky Tricky" (books that pull a fast one on you). If you're clueless about what to read next, you'll find something to pique your interest here. (May)
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From Booklist

In this sequel to her phenomenally popular Book Lust (2003), Pearl, former Seattle librarian and a continuing national book-talk host, dips further into her repertoire of have-read books (both fiction and nonfiction) and offers up another batch she is only too happy to talk about. As in the previous volume, she creatively arranges her titles into unexpected but certainly tantalizing and even provocative categories, this time presenting a whole new set of categories. From "Adapting to Adoption" to "Your Tax Dollars at Work: Good Reading from the Government (Really!)," and including "Nagging Mothers, Crying Children," "Science 101," and "Gender-Bending," Pearl suggests titles relevant to each category and gives a brief annotation for each. A self-confessed "readaholic," Pearl lets us benefit from her addiction. May she never seek recovery. Brad Hooper
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books; 1St Edition edition (April 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570614350
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570614354
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

From Nancy: My lust for books and reading began when I was a very young child, and has continued unabated for lo, these many many years. Every time I open a new book to read, it's like embarking on a voyage to an unexplored place that just might be filled with wonder and excitement.

The books I love most tend to have three-dimensional characters and be very well-written (although that definition is fluid). I read everything - mysteries, non-fiction (especially history, memoirs, and current events), literary fiction, science fiction and fantasy, andchildren's books (lots and lots, for my upcoming book, Book Crush), and anything else that looks interesting. I love first novels.

More About Nancy: Nancy Pearl is a librarian and lifelong reader. She regularly comments on books on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. Among her many awards and honors are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal; the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association; the 2010 Margaret E. Monroe Award from the Reference and Users Services Association of the American Library Association; and the 2004 Women's National Book Association Award, given to "a living American woman who ...has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation."

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So what's the big deal about a list of books? Anyone can jot down what they've read. The big deal is this particular list maker, who flies through her lists organized to themes and moods with an infectious enthusiasm and flashes of wit (I would repeat her hilarious recommendation for changing the categorical name of "lad lit," but that would ruin the joke).

Nancy Pearl is the Ur-general reader and the Ur-librarian who has read it all. This is a sequel to the break-out hit, BOOK LUST, offering another 1,000 recommended titles. Lest you think Pearl is throwing everything she ever read onto the heap, she says that she omits the books that did not measure up. Given her broad spectrum approach, everyone will find at least one item worth reading but also something they know they disliked, so it's best to follow up her suggestions with some homework, like trolling Amazon reviews. Of the suggestions in MORE BOOK LUST, I'd read 124 and disliked perhaps 10 of those. I found about 40 new ideas to pursue, but after flipping through Amazon postings cut that list in half. Pearl recommends the "rule of 50": give a book 50 pages before giving up on it, unless you are over 50, in which case, subtract a page for every year over 50 so you don't waste any more of the reading time you have left.
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Avid readers tend always to be interested in anyone else's more or less qualified opinions about books -- what to read, what other writers a fan of a particular author might enjoy, and newly discovered novelists of promise. Pearl is an ex-librarian in Seattle and a regular on NPR, and her tastes are so eclectic in both fiction and nonfiction, I can't imagine not finding suggestions here to suit almost any reader. The index is thorough, so you can search for authors and titles you already like, but this volume is really meant for browsing. Whether your interested in the politics of the 1960s, or female detective characters, or small-town life, or fiction set in Florida, or even intriguing opening lines of novels, you'll find useful leads here. (I wish she had included publishing dates though, which so many books like this seem to omit.) Pearl also includes her email address so readers can send in their own recommendations -- as so many did after her first book.
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Wow...this lady can READ! If she's read half of those she's recommended in two volumes, RE-read many of them, AND found the time to write these books-listing-books atop that, well...I'm truly impressed. That's a life well-lived in the world of reading.

It's all a matter of opinion, but a few of her suggestions were outright bombs where I labored to get to page 10 (Amazon probably will strike me down for saying so, but thank God the library's free). Then again, there were a few which more than made up for them-and which I'd never have tried otherwise. I was delighted to find a few of my own favorites among her lists, and some that I'd found to be blatantly missing.

The important thing is to keep reading once you find an author or a style you love. If it's not on Nancy Pearl's list, it could-and should-be on your own.
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The moment I finished Pearl's first book, Book Lust, I reached for its sequel, More Book Lust. Pearl's lists in her first book sparked a fire within to create a diverse list of to-be-read titles and authors, which I could carry to the library on upcoming visits. I wasn't sure that she could write a more interesting set of book lists than she already had. But I am glad she never doubted it!

More Book Lust continues in the same format as its predecessor... Lists of books by title, location, or topic. Some familiar, some classics. Some nearly as new as her own 2005 publication.

There are lists for the culinary savvy and lists for kids, or adults who are kids at heart and never tire of a good kid-lit read! There are lists about war. (Notice I said lists - plural; she doesn't lump all war books into one general group but takes the time to sort them according to venue, military branch or author.) There are lists of books on topics I never dreamed of reading but now am curious to take a closer look. There are books with an international flavor and books with small-town USA plots and characters. In short, if there is a topic for a book, it has its own list in Nancy Pearl's Book Lust duo.

Pearl was a librarian and is now a noted NPR regular as well as author. She is credited with the first "book group" by launching a citywide activity in 1998 for everyone to read the same book and then come together to discuss it. Look how far that concept has reached now in towns and cities all over the country and online. Even in our own Story Circle Network, the fruits of her idea can be realized in our reading e-circle or one of the Austin area reading circles.

If you are stumped for a good read, or if you just like books so much that you feel inclined to read a book about books, More Book Lust is sure to please!

by Lee Ambrose
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
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Nancy Pearl is the ultimate librarian and book-nut. This book follows in the same vein as her original Book Lust, but with different lists. Pearl provides an annotated list to each book she has enjoyed in categories such as: Best for Teens, Fantasy for Young and Old, Graphica, Libraries and Librarians, and many more. It was a quick read and I kept pen and paper handy to make my own TBR list from Pearl's findings.
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