Click on the image below to see it in its own window (close that window to return to this screen) OR Right click and save image to your hard drive to print from your own  image software at your convenience. This is a collection of essays by 71 contributors about the book (or books) that had the deepest impact on them. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment - interaction is one of my favourite things about blogging and a huge part of what keeps me going. The book takes us from his childhood spent stealing candy from the local grocery store, to his career as a pickpocket and scam artist, to his unexpected employment as a companion for a quadriplegic.Sellou has never before divulged the details of his past.
The editors invited contributors from a great variety of backgrounds – fiction and non-fiction writers, historians, scientists, politicians, sportswriters, doctors, literary critics and even a chef.
Abdel developed an unswerving loyalty and orchestrated more than a few adventures that helped restore the count's appetite for life. What they all have in common, other than the fact that they all also write, is their passion for books. The story of his transformation from a kid who cared for no one to the person he is today is the basis of the film The Intouchables. He tells his story with a stunning amount of talent, with humor, style, and—though he denies that he has any—humility.Sellou’s idiosyncratic and candidly charming voice is magnificently captured in this memoir, a fact to which his friend Philippe Pozzo di Borgo testifies in his touching preface for the book.

It also means that most readers will, like me, react very differently to the different essays in the book. That you could reveal the most profound emotions in the simplest of language, that in fact it was more effective to do it like that because then the writer got out of the reader’s way.
It taught me that the smallest of gestures could reveal all you needed to know about a character. That humour and pain could exist on the page beside each other, if not inside each other.That simplicity, that poignancy and that sense of intimacy are among the things that make The Catcher in the Rye one of my favourite books. Alice Hoffman says something along the same lines:The plot itself, the journey of one teenage boy, is less important than the emotion and the unique humanity. Books were the bedrock of my emotional and intellectual life, books that prescribed no limit to the imagination, books that were full of resourceful girls, princesses and goatherds and Victorian maidens, not to mention the sand fairies, the talking animals, the scheming stepfamilies, and the handsome men who had been transformed into beasts, both real and metaphorical. Fairy tales, in particular, fed my imagination when it was most hungry—so much peril, so many possibilities!I've never read anything by Kate Atkinson, but now I really want to. Like I said, I didn’t enjoy all of them, and as far as books about books go, I suspect that there are better ones out there. But I still think that The Book That Changed My Life is very much worth reading.One last passage I loved, this time from the introduction by Roxanne J.

I'd start with her first novel, Behind the scenes at the museum (a family saga) or Case histories (her first crime fiction novel featuring Jackson Brodie- she's just published the third).I enjoyed The Polysyllabic Spree and agree that it sets a high standard. Coady:Reading is a way to live more lives, to experience more worlds, to meet people we care about and want to know more about, to understand others and develop a compassion for what they confront and endure.
Other books about books equally good are The common reader by Virgina Woolf, Lectures on literature by Vladimir Nabakov, all of Anne Fadiman's work (Ex libris, At large and small and as editor, Re-readings)and My reading life by Bob Carr (hard to get if you're not in Australia though.
Leave me the link and I'll add it to this post.)Question: What is your favourite book about books? I’m thinking of compiling a reading list of sorts for next years, so any suggestions would be welcome.

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