A Reader's Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year (Paperback)
December 2013 Indie Next List
“This book goes everywhere with me. I read it aloud at the front counter of our store. I read it silently to myself. Filled with fascinating and interesting stories and excerpts from literature, the pages of this beautiful book overflow with rich nuggets of information. A wonderful gift for readers, teachers, lovers -- and yourself!”
— Tracy Taylor, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
A Reader's Book of Days is filled with memorable and surprising tales from the lives and works of Martin Amis, Jane Austen, James Baldwin, Roberto Bolano, the Bronte sisters, Junot Diaz, Philip K. Dick, Charles Dickens, Joan Didion, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Keats, Hilary Mantel, Haruki Murakami, Flannery O'Connor, Orhan Pamuk, George Plimpton, Marilynne Robinson, W. G. Sebald, Dr. Seuss, Zadie Smith, Susan Sontag, Hunter S. Thompson, Leo Tolstoy, David Foster Wallace, and many more. The book also notes the days on which famous authors were born and died; it includes lists of recommended reading for every month of the year as well as snippets from book reviews as they appeared across literary history; and throughout there are wry illustrations by acclaimed artist Joanna Neborsky.
Brimming with nearly 2,000 stories, A Reader's Book of Days will have readers of every stripe reaching for their favorite books and discovering new ones.