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Smart and bracingly funny, novelists Mittelmark (Age of Consent) and Newman (The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Every Done) collaborate a second time on a rollicking addition to the reading group guide genre. Using the same tongue-in-cheek approach as they did in How Not to Write a Novel, the authors pepper their book descriptions with intriguing morsels of literary gossip, like V.S. Naipaul's adultery, and historical trivia regarding eunuchs. Their picks are unexpected and diverse, spanning a multitude of genres, from literary fiction and non-fiction to romance, mystery, and sci-fi. The 500-book list is organized by theme (love, politics, and humor to name a few), making this an easy one to dip into. Yet readers may find themselves enjoying this book cover to cover, carried along by a lively and nimble voice and a treasure trove of once-famous, now-forgotten titles.
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“Smart and bracingly funny … a rollicking addition to the reading group guide genre...carried along by a lively and nimble voice and a treasure trove of once-famous, now-forgotten titles.” (Publishers Weekly)
“[Book groups] would be well advised to bypass the best-sellers in front of bookstores and libraries and pick up this clever (and useful) reading guide. This book’s authors have an eye for offbeat and unappreciated classics […and] taste that spans the highbrow-lowbrow cultural divide.” (Chicago Tribune Books)
“Sometimes the biggest problem a book discussion group faces is finding a book that everyone wants to read. Here’s the solution: get a copy of Read this Next...open it to a page at random, and read whatever book is discussed on that page.” (Bob Etier, Technorati.com)
“[A] brisk and often funny guide, bristling with snap judgments, the snappier the better.” (Wall Street Journal)
There's a lotta interesting information on a lotta interesting books in here...specifically, 500 books. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Daniel Burton
This is not my favorite recommendation book, but good. A better one is "Read This"... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tim Jenson
Good for reference and for tips to fill in the blanks in one's reading.--that is if one cares to have a literary backgroundPublished 22 months ago by Sanco
Of the 500 books recommended in this book, I've read 29 of them, have some on my to-read list, and have glanced through a few more, which I don't think is too bad. Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by Meaghan
No doubt about it, this book may not have the best list of best books to read, but it definitely has the cleverest presentation. Read morePublished on December 22, 2011 by Debnance at Readerbuzz