It mentions Donald Trump every four pages or so. “An ebullient celebration of books and reading.” … Author and New York Times literary critic Kakutani's message could serve as the motto for Goodreads-- "Reading matters". I was disappointed in this book. Very interesting and well-written. Expanding horizons, Ex Libris by Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic @michi_kakutani is where she talks about 100 books that are influential and important in American literature and history. Opening this beautifully illustrated book, I was looking forward to reading an "expert's" thoughts on books that should be read. Author and New York Times literary critic Kakutani's message could serve as the motto for Goodreads-- "Reading matters". The following ISBNs are associated with this title: Sign up to get exclusive offers, the best in books & more.Plus, enjoy 10% off your next online purchase over $50.â€. The summaries are a page or 2 each and they are descriptive enough to catch your attention but not enough to ruin a story. Pulitzer Prize–winning literary critic Michiko Kakutani, the former chief book critic of The New York Times, is the author of the newly... To see what your friends thought of this book. It felt like a publisher had hit up Kakutani to write a book that booklovers were sure to buy in droves, and Kakutani just looked at what she had sitting on her nearby shelves and dialled it in. Ms. Kakutani, a former NY Times book critic, loves books and her affection is obvious in Ex Libris. And by hardcore, I mean she didn't discriminate on type or genre. 2020, Book , 301 pages : Place Hold. The author's main purpose, I think, is to inspire people to read more and read a variety of books. Welcome back. In the introduction to her new collection of essays, Ex Libris: 100+ Books to Read and Reread, Michiko Kakutani writes: "In a world riven by political and social divisions, literature can connect people across time zones and zip codes, across cultures and religions, national boundaries and historical eras. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Author Info. Delivery & Returns. Ex Libris: 100+ Books to Read and Reread - Page 4 show list info. The star is for the illustrations. This is on my list and I am hoping I get it for Xmas!” Then I thought: Why not buy it for myself? Indeed, lots of food for thought and for our souls. Ex Libris: 100+ Books to Read and Reread Michiko Kakutani. Kakutani, long before she was a literary critic, was a hardcore reader. 'Ex Libris: 100+ Books to Read and Reread' by Michiko Kakutani and illustrated by Dana Tanamachi is a beautiful book everyone must have in their collection. I was glad to see Walker Percy’s. In the introduction to her new Have always wanted to read all the books in the world but definitely having lack of time? Add to Basket Click & Collect. Because it is written very much in the here and now, there are numerous references to the current politics of the United States. I've jotted down a lot of memoirs and books worth reading. After so many years as the NYT head book critic, she's very adept at these summations. It is also stories about the authors of stories-- immigrants, scientis. You may unsubscribe at any time. Deeply disappointing. Contributors: Tanamachi, Dana, illustrator. Pulitzer Prize–winning literary critic Michiko Kakutani shares her enthusiasm for more than 100 books in a series of succinct, thought-provoking essays. Don't expect a variation on 100 books to read before you die. I added a number of them that I have not read before to my 'must-read' list and several that I have read long ago to my 'must-reread list'. The books selected are, for the most part, good choices. Ex Libris: 100+ Books to Read and Reread - Kindle edition by Kakutani, Michiko. Kakutani provides brief descriptions, two or three pages, on why she selected these titles. But the contents was a bit of a let down for me. The summaries are a page or 2 each and they are descriptive enough to catch your attention but not enough to ruin a story. I picked this book up as it is beautiful. The essays provide enough information to the reader to understand the importance of the work, but also encourages the reader to explore the work on their own. Each essay includes a very precise description of a book or books, and then an explanation of what is great about the book, what elevates it, why she loves it. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Books about books make great gifts to readers and writers. Dedicated “to readers and writers everywhere,’ Ex Libris: 100+ Books to Read and Reread is a wide-ranging homage to the power of books and reading by the Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic (formerly the chief book critic for The New York Times). Because it is written very much in the here and now, there are numerous references to the current politics of the United States. Sign up to get exclusive offers, the best in books & more. I so enjoyed this time spent with Ms. Kakutani, that I stretched it out. Refresh and try again. I expected so much more: former chief book critic for The New York Times, Pulitzer Prize winner. Michiko Kakutani, the former chief book critic of The New York Times, is the author of the 2018 bestseller The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump. £16.99 . The introduction is a tour de force on the importance of books and reading and a delight to read but I did get a bit tired of the constant immediate political references which I rather fear will make the book date very quickly. A thought-provoking challenge which contains important non-fiction examining race issues, democracy, terrorism and the lives of Abraham Lincoln and Muhammad Ali etc. I'm sure her reviews in The Times were nothing more than the 2-pages offered here to each of the 100 books included: superficial, 5th Grade-level book reports. What I got was the author's opinion on the current political situation highlighting her intense dislike of President Trump. The volume’s only drawback is that if you already have a “to be read” pile that looks like a wobbling Jenga tower, the books you add as a result of her enthusiasm may finally topple it. It’s always interesting to see the titles and authors someone picks for a book such as Ex Libris: 100+ Books to Read and Reread. I added a few books to my bucket list as a result! The book that taught you how to read, And made you love words on a page, The book that made reading a need." Reading this collection of brief essays was like a great conversation with an incredibly well-read book lover. The essay about Dr. Seuss states " what was the name of your first book? Like a few pages on each entry (and some entries were for multiple books) that did little to explain what the books were about, or why someone should bother reading them. Far superior in this genere is Harold Bloom, How to Read and Why. I expected insight, I expected great writing, I expected an exploration of books, and writing, and reading. Although I did not always agree with her take on books, Michiko Kakutani was always by far my favorite book reviewer when she was at the NY Times--first of all, she was a true book lover and it showed. I expected so much more: former chief book critic for The New York Times, Pulitzer Prize winner. I expected more of an analysis of the individual books, with the hope of gaining new insights. Ex Libris: 100+ Books to Read and Reread (Hardback) Michiko Kakutani. looking for festive gifts for your beloved ones? I enjoy reading lists of favorite books of others and I thought this was an interesting one. Such a disappointing book. While we can tell her political leaning from some of the content, I don't think it took away from the book, it mainly showcased how old books can highlight things in the modern world. Reading this collection of brief essays was like a great conversation with an incredibly well-read book lover. £16.99. I’m a sucker for books like Michiko Kakutani’s Ex Libris: 100 Books to Read and Reread. Each essay includes a very precise description of a book or books, and then an explanation of what is great about the book, what elevates it, why she loves it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The Death of … A few of the books mentioned were favourites of mine, but even the descriptions of those left me cold. In the introduction to her new collection of essays, Ex Libris 100+ Books to Read and Reread, Michiko Kakutani writes: In a world riven by political and social divisions, literature can connect people across time zones and zip codes, across cultures and religions, national boundaries and historical eras. The author really gives you a sense of why she found the books moving to her and how they influenced her. If anyone is looking for suggestions about books to read that they might have missed otherwise, I suppose this book is useful but beyond that I found it to be a waste of time. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 100+ BOOKS TO READ AND REREAD by Michiko Kakutani ; illustrated by Dana Tanamachi ‧ RELEASE DATE: Oct. 20, 2020 A literary critic celebrates books that she has loved. Michiko Kakutani and I could be best friends. I noticed though that the critic doesn't read Crime fiction or at least didn't see it is worth mentioning some good titles but overall, this book is definitely worth reading if you are into books about books genre. I really liked this book. This is a wonderful book of short essays posing as book reviews. Of course, some of these choices are a … In Ex Libris, she offers a personal selection of over 100 works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, with passionate essays on why each has had a profound effect on her life. But few are as useful and entertaining as former New York Times chief book critic and Pulitzer Prize winner Michiko Kakutani’s EX LIBRIS: 100+ Books to Read and Reread. RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 20TH, 2020 By: Michiko Kakutani Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic Michiko Kakutani shares 100 personal, thought-provoking essays about books that have mattered to her and that help illuminate the world we live in today--with beautiful illustrations throughout. 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