Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life

Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life

Michael Dirda


"As hot and stimulating as a library to which one returns back and again."
Chicago Tribune (Editor's Choice)

While books include insights into our selves and the area, it takes a conversation―between the writer and the reader, or among readers―to deliver them totally to existence. Drawing on resources as assorted as Dr. Seuss and Simone Weil, P. G. Wodehouse and Isaiah Berlin, Pulitzer Prize–winning critic Michael Dirda indicates how the wit, knowledge, and attraction of the written note informs and enriches approximately each point of existence, from schooling and paintings to like and demise.

Organized via major existence occasions and abounding with quotations from nice writers and thinkers, Book by way of Book showcases Dirda's capacious love for and knowing of books. Favoring displaying up to telling, Dirda attracts us deeper into the classics, in addition to lesser-known works of literature, historical past, and philosophy, continuously with an eye fixed to how we would larger comprehend our lives.

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