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The Reading List: Contemporary Fiction: A Critical Guide to the Complete Works of 125 Authors

The Reading List Contemporary Fiction A Critical Guide to the Complete Works of Authors Perfect for reading groups and all book lovers Here at last is the book to which the than a quarter million reading groups and book clubs in this country can turn for the answer to that pressing que

  • Title: The Reading List: Contemporary Fiction: A Critical Guide to the Complete Works of 125 Authors
  • Author: David Rubel
  • ISBN: 9780805055276
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback
  • Perfect for reading groups and all book lovers Here, at last, is the book to which the than a quarter million reading groups and book clubs in this country can turn for the answer to that pressing question What should we read next The Reading List illuminates the work of current novelists who have captured the imagination of the modern reader Each entry includes crPerfect for reading groups and all book lovers Here, at last, is the book to which the than a quarter million reading groups and book clubs in this country can turn for the answer to that pressing question What should we read next The Reading List illuminates the work of current novelists who have captured the imagination of the modern reader Each entry includes critical commentary on the author s published fiction by prominent reviewers, as well as thematic and plot synopses, and a short biography The Reading List features a broad spectrum of writers from our shores and abroad whose works are available in English Stylistically, the authors run the gamut from Cormac McCarthy to Cristina Garcia, from Naguib Mahfouz to Barbara Kingsolver, from Jane Smiley to Salman Rushdie Now reading groups and independent bookworms alike have a comprehensive, discriminating resource to guide them through their next literary foray.

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    About "David Rubel"

    1. David Rubel

      David Rubel has made a career of bringing history alive for readers of all ages Recognized nationally as an author, speaker, and historian, David has written fifteen books and edited a dozen during his twenty five years in publishing Most of these titles focus on making American history accessible to a broad audience Working with many of the country s finest historians including Pulitzer Prize winners Joseph J Ellis and James M McPherson and Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein David has created enduring books that make first rate scholarship understandable and compelling David s most recent book, If I Had a Hammer Building Homes and Hope with Habitat for Humanity, features a collaboration with President Jimmy Carter Folk legend Pete Seeger, whose classic song gave the book its title, calls If I Had a Hammer an inspiring book, telling how ideas starting on a little farm in Georgia have grown to a worldwide movement Adults and children alike have embraced David s work The Indianapolis Star has called The Coming Free The Struggle for African American Equality a magnificent accounting of the civil rights activism of blacks with a visual presentation that is stunning and memorable His children s books The Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times and The Atlas of the United States have both become grade school standards, selling than half a million copies each in multiple editions As the president of Agincourt Press, a book production company in Chatham, New York, David works with his wife and partner, Julia Rubel, to conceive and develop projects for numerous publishers Some of these he writes himself others, he edits For all, he coordinates the text, image research, and graphic design so that the narratives leap off the page.A 1983 graduate of Columbia University, where he was sports editor of the Columbia Daily Spectator, David began his career as a correspondent for the Pacific News Service, covering everything from rock music to street gangs He then worked as an editorial assistant at HarperCollins before becoming a freelance writer and editor In 1990, David founded Agincourt Press in New York City From 1994 until 2001, he served as president of the American Book Producers Association In 1996, he moved his company from Manhattan to Chatham, a rural community in New York s Hudson River Valley, where he now lives with his wife and two children.David appears regularly on television and radio to discuss his work, especially as it relates to the American presidents Concise biographies of the presidents that he recorded to support the publication of To the Best of My Ability The American Presidents were syndicated to public radio stations nationwide and ran several times daily during the six weeks leading up to the 2000 election David speaks widely on history and presidential politics He has lectured at the National Archives in Washington, D.C the Carter Center in Atlanta and at numerous schools and institutions.

    782 Comments

    1. This book is a little dated now that it's 10+ years old but it's still a valuable resource. There are brief (around one page) biographical entries on the selected 125 authors (Grace Paley, Ann Beattie, Russell Banks, Naguib Mahfouz, etc.) with capsule reviews of their novels thru 1998. And there are selections for further reading. Curious where to start with Joyce Carol Oates? You might want to pick one of her short story collections and stay clear of the likes of Zombie. Should you read the who [...]


    2. This is a guide to 110 leading authors of literary fiction--ones that were still living in 1998. So if not, or no longer a guide to "contemporary fiction" it's a decent one to late 20th Century fiction. I've read 35 of the 110 authors here. A few, such as Isabel Allende, Sandra Cisneros, E. L. Doctorow, Don DeLillo and Cormac McCarthy I so loathed I'd never read something else from them again. In some cases, such as that of T. Corraghessan Boyle, I hated what I read (The Tortilla Curtain) by the [...]


    3. I took next to nothing from this book. In all its length and quantity of authors there's also an unfortunate lack of qualitative reviews. Book reviews might average a couple sentences plus one short snippet of a review from the Times or Christian Science Monitor. The selection of authors seems a bit arbitrary, as are the suggested reading lists. All in all I think my time would've been more effectively spent browsing this website.


    4. Readers, every 2-3 years, must go to compendia of literature such as works by David Rubel to refresh their overview of what to read next. Just picking up titles plied by the media is a sucker's lot and leads to inefficiency in using one's planned reading time.


    5. I was glad to have stumbled upon this book in the library. It has helped me add many books to my to-read list that I wouldn't otherwise have known about.



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