Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book by Ray Bradbury, Sean Manning

By Ray Bradbury, Sean Manning

Fanatics of the broadcast booklet, come up! Thirty of today’s most sensible writers are the following to inform you you’re no longer alone.

In certain to final, an awesome array of authors involves the passionate protection of the broadcast ebook with lively, never-before-published essays celebrating the hardcover or paperback they carry so much dear—not unavoidably due to its contents, yet as a result of its importance as a specific, irreplaceable item. even if concentrating on the situations at the back of how a selected publication used to be received, or the way it has develop into endlessly “bound up” with a particular individual, time, or position, every piece accrued the following confirms—poignantly, delightfully, irrefutably—that each booklet tells a narrative a ways past the single stumbled on inside of its pages.

In addition to a foreword through Ray Bradbury, sure to final positive aspects unique contributions by:
Chris Abani, Rabih Alameddine, Anthony Doerr, Louis Ferrante, Nick Flynn, Karen pleasure Fowler, Julia Glass, Karen eco-friendly, David Hajdu, Terrence Holt, Jim Knipfel, Shahriar Mandanipour, Sarah Manguso, Sean Manning, Joyce Maynard, Philipp Meyer, Jonathan Miles, Sigrid Nunez, Ed Park, Victoria Patterson, Francine Prose, Michael Ruhlman, Elissa Schappell, Christine Schutt, Jim Shepard, Susan immediately, J. Courtney Sullivan, Anthony Swofford, Danielle Trussoni, and Xu Xiaobin

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Books. Lives. 95. It was the first Vintage International Edition, from March of 1989. I graduated from Marine Corps boot camp in March of 1989. This is a coincidence, certainly, but one that thrills. During the winter of ’88–’89, while I marched around the parade ground and rifle range and sand pits where drill instructors sculpted sloppy and undisciplined boys into full-fledged killers of men, a group of kindly publishing people in New York City spent their days moving Matthew Ward’s masterful new translation from hardcover into paperback, readying it for spring publication.

Most prison libraries keep a stock of worn, musty, out-of-print books, usually the discarded leftovers from public libraries or someone’s attic. This library had a whole section of classic literature in fair condition. Most of the titles I had already read, but just seeing them on the shelves gave me the same warm feeling as walking into a room and spotting a group of old friends. Dickens, Defoe, and the Brontë sisters. Stendhal, Dumas, and Cervantes. I felt at home, even in this hell. - 43 - 0306819216-Manning_Layout 1 8/10/10 3:57 PM Page 44 LOUIS FERRANTE The first classic I noticed that I hadn’t yet read was Les Misérables.

A John Grisham–type book doesn’t. A John Grisham–type - 30 - 0306819216-Manning_Layout 1 8/10/10 3:57 PM Page 31 The Shadow of the Sun book will work just fine as an e-book—we really don’t need to kill any more trees for John Grisham. Or for the biography of a former president. This says nothing about the worth of either of these types of books. It’s just that they tend to end up unopened, or as landfill, after a year or two anyway. A book of poetry—a good book of poetry—is something you return to.

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