My Reading Life

From the social comedies of Anthony Powell and Patrick White and the tragedies of Sophocles and Shakespeare, to the twentieth century's darkest moment - Auschwitz - powerfully recounted by Primo Levi in If This Is a Man, Carr invites us to ...

Author: Bob Carr

Publisher: Penguin Group Australia

ISBN: 9781742282176

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

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Welcome to my library. Dog-eared paperbacks falling to pieces. Second-hand books from the stores and barrows of four continents. Modern first editions, some inscribed ... In My Reading Life, a personal investigation into the nature of democracy, dictatorship, decency and the hardwired human condition, Bob Carr shares his profound love of books and reading - books you've never heard of, books you've always wanted to read, books you will rediscover afresh. Here are the essential clues to devouring Tolstoy, Proust, Flaubert, Solzhenitsyn and the Epic of Gilgamesh. From the social comedies of Anthony Powell and Patrick White and the tragedies of Sophocles and Shakespeare, to the twentieth century's darkest moment - Auschwitz - powerfully recounted by Primo Levi in If This Is a Man, Carr invites us to discover the most important testaments to the highs and lows of human nature. He discovers, through his great love of the written word, that decency can survive the greatest tests, giving us all cause for hope.

My Reading Life

Bestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life. Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is a voracious reader.

Author: Pat Conroy

Publisher: Nan A. Talese

ISBN: 9780385533843

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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Bestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life. Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is a voracious reader. Starting as a childhood passion that bloomed into a life-long companion, reading has been Conroy’s portal to the world, both to the farthest corners of the globe and to the deepest chambers of the human soul. His interests range widely, from Milton to Tolkien, Philip Roth to Thucydides, encompassing poetry, history, philosophy, and any mesmerizing tale of his native South. He has for years kept notebooks in which he records words and expressions, over time creating a vast reservoir of playful turns of phrase, dazzling flashes of description, and snippets of delightful sound, all just for his love of language. But for Conroy reading is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity. In My Reading Life, Conroy revisits a life of reading through an array of wonderful and often surprising anecdotes: sharing the pleasures of the local library’s vast cache with his mother when he was a boy, recounting his decades-long relationship with the English teacher who pointed him onto the path of letters, and describing a profoundly influential period he spent in Paris, as well as reflecting on other pivotal people, places, and experiences. His story is a moving and personal one, girded by wisdom and an undeniable honesty. Anyone who not only enjoys the pleasures of reading but also believes in the power of books to shape a life will find here the greatest defense of that credo. BONUS: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Pat Conroy's The Death of Santini.

My Reading Life

So much more than just a journal, this book is a joyful celebration of the written word, one that will significantly enrich every day of your reading life.

Author: Anne Bogel

Publisher: Ten Peaks Press

ISBN: 0736983023

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 192

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This stylish journal created exclusively for book lovers includes custom reading lists, charming literary quotes, and plenty of room to record what you've read and what you'd love to read. "Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind."--Toni Morrison Designed by a book lover for book lovers, My Reading Life is the ideal companion for all your literary adventures. Anne Bogel, better known online as The Modern Mrs. Darcy, provides you with insightful reading lists for every popular genre and each season. She even helps you determine the kinds of books you'd most like to read based on your interests. You'll also appreciate the sleek, compact design, perfect for taking on the go to the library, bookstore, or your next book club gathering. So much more than just a journal, this book is a joyful celebration of the written word, one that will significantly enrich every day of your reading life.

The Book Lover s Journal

Includes pages to list books borrowed, lent or given, book sources and book group contact information. 216 pages.

Author: Rene J. Smith

Publisher: Peter Pauper Press, Inc.

ISBN: 9781441304827

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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Includes pages to list books borrowed, lent or given, book sources and book group contact information. 216 pages.

I d Rather Be Reading

The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life Anne Bogel. It's embarrassing to
admit, but without logging what I read, I forget all about it. I retain the ideas, and
remember them when they're triggered, but without referring to my journal, I can ...

Author: Anne Bogel

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9781493415311

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

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For so many people, reading isn't just a hobby or a way to pass the time--it's a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can't imagine life without them. I'd Rather Be Reading is the perfect literary companion for everyone who feels that way. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections on the reading life, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads readers to remember the book that first hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and all of the moments afterward that helped make them the reader they are today. Known as a reading tastemaker through her popular podcast What Should I Read Next?, Bogel invites book lovers into a community of like-minded people to discover new ways to approach literature, learn fascinating new things about books and publishing, and reflect on the role reading plays in their lives. The perfect gift for the bibliophile in everyone's life, I'd Rather Be Reading will command an honored place on the overstuffed bookshelves of any book lover.

From the plough tail to the college steps being the first twenty nine years of the life of a Suffolk farmer s boy J M

I formed a taste for reading and was filled with very wild notions of self - assertion
and a strong desire to step over my narrow boundaries . My first place with Isaac
Chenery was the beginning of my reading - life . At the end of the year 1830 I ...

Author: James Mills

Publisher:

ISBN: OXFORD:590682874

Category: Conversion

Page: 166

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Rain on a Strange Roof

My adoptive parents went to church on Sunday mornings and evenings and
returned for evening prayer meeting on ... In My Reading Life, published late in
his remarkable career, Conroy confesses, "I reach for a story to save my own life"
(154) ...

Author: Jan Whitt

Publisher: Hamilton Books

ISBN: 9780761858300

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 184

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A scholar of Southern literature and culture, Jan Whitt has written a personal narrative about adoption, childhood abuse, and fifty years of searching for her family in rural Appalachia. This book unflinchingly explores death and loss at the same time that it celebrates the transformative power of love and literature.

The Reading Life The Joy of Seeing New Worlds Through Others Eyes

Engaging and enlightening, this well-rounded collection includes Lewis’ reflections on science fiction, why children’s literature is for readers of all ages, and why we should read two old books for every new one.

Author: C. S. Lewis

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 9780008307134

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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How to Read provides guidance and reflections on the love and enjoyment of books. Engaging and enlightening, this well-rounded collection includes Lewis’ reflections on science fiction, why children’s literature is for readers of all ages, and why we should read two old books for every new one.

One Child Reading

180) My reading life on Pennywell Road was full of stories that offered me access
to stereotypes of typical children and young adults (100 percent of whom lived
somewhere else, thus introducing me to stereotypes of cultures not directly my ...

Author: Margaret Mackey

Publisher: University of Alberta

ISBN: 9781772120394

Category: Education

Page: 567

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In 'One Child Reading', Margaret Mackey makes a singular contribution to our understanding of reading and literacy development. Seeking a deeper sense of what happens when we read, she revisited the texts she read, viewed, listened to, and wrote as she became literate in the 1950s and 1960s in St. John's, Newfoundland. This tremendous sweep of reading included school texts, knitting patterns, musical scores, and games, as well as hundreds of books. The result is not a memoir, but rather a deftly theorised exploration of how a reader is constructed.

Understanding Pat Conroy

Conroy, “A Love Letter to Thomas Wolfe,” in My Reading Life, 241. 2. Simon, “
Conroy's Reading Life.” 3. Powell, “Pat Conroy,” 46. 4. Conroy, “Why I Write,” in
My Reading Life, 301. 5. I have not discussed My Reading Life, Conroy's
collection of ...

Author: Catherine Seltzer

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781611175172

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 152

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Pat Conroy’s work as a novelist and a memoirist has indelibly shaped the image of the American South in the cultural imagination. His writing has rendered the physical landscape of the South Carolina lowcountry familiar to legions of readers, and it has staked out a more complex geography as well, one defined by domestic trauma, racial anxiety, religious uncertainty, and cultural ambivalence. In Understanding Pat Conroy, Catherine Seltzer engages in a sustained consideration of Conroy and his work. The study begins with a sketch of Conroy’s biography, a narrative that, while fascinating in its own right, is employed here to illuminate many of the motifs and characters that define his work and to locate him within southern literary tradition. The volume then moves on to explore each of Conroy’s major works, tracing the evolution of the themes within and among each of his novels, including The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, and South of Broad, and his memoirs, among them The Water Is Wide and My Losing Season. Seltzer’s insightful close readings of Conroy’s work are supplemented by interviews and archival material, shedding new light on the often-complex dynamics between text and context in Conroy’s oeuvre. More broadly Understanding Pat Conroy also explores the ways that Conroy delights in troubling the boundaries that circumscribe the literary establishment. Seltzer links Conroy’s work to existing debates about the contemporary American canon, and, like Conroy’s work itself, Understanding Pat Conroy will be of interest to his readers, students of American literature, and new and veteran South watchers.

Lucy Maria

It is a very solemn thing to help in giving even one young life its first direction . ...
There are fictitious characters I have seen mentioned in print all my reading - life ,
with whom I would like a nearer acquaintance . Then there are the poets ...

Author: Abby Morton Diaz

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89004875027

Category:

Page: 396

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A Life s Decision

They seemed not to have the need of my warnings or consolations , and valued
neither . I looked around , and saw parishes all about me more or less in the
same condition . Thus my reading and my life , theory and practice , thought and
 ...

Author: Thomas William Allies

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015064367371

Category: Catholic converts

Page: 320

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The Life of a Sportsman

My reading has informed me that there are three ways of bearing up against the
ills and misfortunes of life — indifference , philosophy , and religion . The first
forms no feature in your character ; the second is a manly virtue , but , in the first ...

Author: Nimrod

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B25333

Category: Hunting

Page: 402

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How Reading Changed My Life

THE LIBRARY OF CONTEMPORARY THOUGHT is a groundbreaking series where America's finest writers and most brilliant minds tackle today's most provocative, fascinating, and relevant issues.

Author: Anna Quindlen

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780307763525

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 96

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THE LIBRARY OF CONTEMPORARY THOUGHT is a groundbreaking series where America's finest writers and most brilliant minds tackle today's most provocative, fascinating, and relevant issues. Striking and daring, creative and important, these original voices on matters political, social, economic, and cultural, will enlighten, comfort, entertain, enrage, and ignite healthy debate across the country.

My Married Life at Hillside

She wished to know if my mother were one of those " very respectable parties . ...
as she ought , my reading , for she invariably interrupts me in the most affecting
passages , by speaking of something entirely irrelevant to the story which should
 ...

Author: Barry Gray

Publisher:

ISBN: NYPL:33433112000827

Category:

Page: 290

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Reminiscences of Thirty five Years of My Life

My knowledge of European and general politics had prepared me for the latter ,
my reading and long frequentation of Howard , who had been an Oxford coach ,
for the former . Hughlings had a body - servant , I none as yet . Our routine of life ...

Author: Joseph Archer Crowe

Publisher: London : J. Murray

ISBN: WISC:89097317069

Category: Great Britain

Page: 445

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The Book Lover s Journal

✔️Are you a book lover? Here is the reading journal you've always wanted.

Author: Maybelle Kicklighter

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798678963895

Category:

Page: 173

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✔️Are you a book lover? Here is the reading journal you've always wanted. At last, a place to record the books you've read and want to consume next. ✔️This classic reading journal provides plenty of room to record details of your reading experiences. ✔️Includes pages to list books borrowed, lent, or given (even a place to list books you'd like to give), your book sources, and book group contact information. ✔️Also includes lists of acclaimed authors and titles to inspire future reading choices and a section devoted to your reading life. ✔️In this Book Journal Log you'll find: - Introduction - My Book Log: Pages Turned - Books I'd Like to Read: My Reading Wish List - My Books: Books Bought, Borrowed, Lent, and Given - Acclaimed Authors and Books: Inspiration for Future Reading - My Reading Life: My life with books ✔️GREAT SIZE. The Reading Journal Log For Adults is designed with 5" x 8" inch dimensions with 178 pages, you can squeeze it into a bag with ease and bring along for travel trips. ✔️Made in the USA. We stand for quality and aim to provide the best writing experience with our notebooks. If, for some reason, you are not satisfied with this Reading Journal For Women/Teens, please contact us and we will make a replacement or make a refund.

The Books in My Life

The Books in My Life contains some fine autobiographical chapters, too. Miller describes his boyhood in Brooklyn, when he devoured the historical stories of G. A. Henty and the romances of Rider Haggard.

Author: Henry Miller

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811222280

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 327

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In this unique work, Henry Miller gives an utterly candid and self-revealing account of the reading he did during his formative years. Some writers attempt to conceal the literary influences which have shaped their thinking––but not Henry Miller. In The Books in My Life he shares the thrills of discovery that many kinds of books have brought to a keenly curious and questioning mind. Some of Miller’s favorite writers are the giants whom most of us revere––authors such as Dostoeyvsky, Boccaccio, Walt Whitman, James Joyce, Thomas Mann, Lao-Tse. To them he brings fresh and penetrating insights. But many are lesser-known figures: Krishnamurti, the prophet-sage; the French contemporaries Blaise Cendrars and Jean Giono; Richard Jeffries, who wrote The Story of My Heart; the Welshman John Cowper Powys; and scores of others. The Books in My Life contains some fine autobiographical chapters, too. Miller describes his boyhood in Brooklyn, when he devoured the historical stories of G. A. Henty and the romances of Rider Haggard. He tells of the men and women whom he regards as "living books": Lou Jacobs, W. E. B. DuBois, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, and others. He offers his reminiscences of the New York Theatre in the early 1900’s––including plays such as Alias Jimmy Valentine and Nellie, the Beautiful Cloak Model. And finally, in Miller’s best vein of humor, he provides a satiric chapter on bathroom reading. In an appendix, Miller lists the hundred books that have influenced him most.