Karen Swallow Prior
Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me

Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me

Bronwyn first talked me into reading this one, but it got bumped up my list after I heard the author speak at FFW. The title sounds fancy and staid, but Prior had us in hysterics with her excerpt that linked Thomas Hardy with her teenage attempts to lose her virginity. A possible beach read.

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On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books

On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books

I endorsed this, saying: "It is not enough to read widely, Karen Swallow Prior says in her thought-provoking new collection. We must also read well—and thankfully Karen takes her reader by the hand and patiently reveals how a close (and enjoyable!) reading of literary works ranging from Jane Austen to George Saunders can pull us toward the good life. This illuminating literary overview prompts us to examine more deeply the books we know and love, and to reexamine our own hearts and minds through the lens of great books."

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