Paris by the Book
When Leah’s eccentric novelist husband, Robert Eady, suddenly vanishes and leaves behind a plane ticket to Paris, she’s swept up in an unexpected mystery. Once in Paris, she and her daughters follow the clues in her husband’s unfinished manuscript to a tiny English-language bookstore that could very well prove to be life-altering.
The Road to Walden
Walden is a landmark of the American literary canon. It’s an inspiring treatise on simple living and self-sufficiency, as well as a thought-provoking meditation on transcendentalist philosophy and spiritual discovery. With The Road to Walden, naturalist Kevin Dann takes inspiration from and builds on Henry David Thoreau’s seminal work for a deeply thoughtful rumination on life and its meaning.
The Lost Chapters
In 2014, the life of novelist Leslie Schwartz was in shambles. She’d relapsed into drug and alcohol addiction after more than a decade of sobriety and was beginning a 90-day jail sentence for assaulting a police officer. The Lost Chapters details her path to redemption found in a list of the books she read during her incarceration.
A Life of My Own
Renowned biographer and editor Claire Tomlin—whose career highlights include seminal biographies of Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy—opens up about her extraordinary life in literature in this book. From London’s literary scene in the 1960s to her first book and her work at The Sunday Times, A Life of My Own is a fascinating love letter to all things literary.
When Mhairi McPhail fled her crumbling marriage in New York for an assignment on a remote Hebridean island, she had no idea what to expect. The island of Fascaray was her grandfather’s birthplace and the home of celebrated poet, Grigor McWatt. When Mhairi is charged with opening a McWatt museum and writing his biography, she discovers a secret history that will forever change her life.
Seeing his 81-year-old father, Jay, in the undergraduate Odyssey seminar he was teaching was not something Daniel Mendelsohn expected. The same could be said of his father’s constant interruptions and challenges to Daniel’s interpretation of the classic. However, a journey to the Mediterranean to trace Odysseus’s epic voyage proves a life-changing adventure and brings the two men closer than ever before.
The Shakespeare Requirement
This laugh-out-loud, satirical romp centers around beleaguered English professor Jason Fitger. Despite his recent appointment as chair of the English Department, Fitger’s life is in a continuous state of shambles. His ex-wife is sleeping with his boss, the department secretary is an ever-fearsome presence, and the vaunted Econ Department is laying claim to the English Department’s last remaining office space. When Fitger’s attempts to convince an elderly Shakespeare scholar to retire backfires—and with spectacular results—Fitger’s perilous world threatens to come crashing down.
This slice of historical fiction delves into the late-in-life marriage of author George Eliot—whose given name was Marian Evans—to her husband, John Walter Cross. Both impeccably researched and richly detailed, The Honeymoon is both an intriguing exploration of the mind of a remarkable woman and an extraordinary Victorian romance.
How to Find Love in a Bookshop
Nightingale Books is the quintessential small village library, a cozy and welcoming getaway for the literary-minded. Unfortunately, the death of Emilia Nightingale’s father leaves her struggling to keep the doors open. Perhaps the bookshop’s eclectic cast of regulars can lend a hand and help Emilia find her way again after her loss.
Books for Living
This inspiring memoir is a celebration of the life-affirming power of books and literature. Drawing on stories from his own experiences, author Will Schwalbe explores some of life’s biggest and most universal questions through a literary prism.
The Invisible Library
This time-bending fantasy adventure centers around Irene, a spy for the Library, which is a shadowy organization that trades in works of fiction from different realities. Sent on a mission with her assistant, Kai, to retrieve a particularly dangerous book from an alternate version of London, Irene is quickly caught up in a deadly race against time to locate the book before a host of rivals can lay hands on it. And in the case of this particular tome, reality itself hangs in the balance.
Ink and Bone
In this YA fantasy, author Rachel Caine imagines a world where the Great Library of Alexandria not only still exists, but has ruthlessly insinuated itself into virtually every facet of society. The ownership of books has been made illegal, and the Great Library has a stranglehold on knowledge and information. When Jess Brightwell enters the Library’s training program with the intent of spying on the organization, he discovers a danger worse than anything he could have imagined.
Who's Who When Everyone is Someone Else
C. D. Rose
Who’s Who When Everyone is Someone Else centers around an unnamed author who, in attempting to recover from a broken heart, takes to an unnamed city and university to give a series of lectures on forgotten books. What he discovers, however, is that the professor who invited him is nowhere to be found. What follows is an ingenious and wonderfully witty mystery built around the spellbinding and redemptive power of books.
The Eyre Affair
This bestselling series imagines an alternative Great Britain, one where time travel is the norm and people can quite literally step into their favorite works of literature. When someone begins kidnapping famous literary characters, an operative specializing in literary detection named Thursday Next is thrust into the case of her career. It’s a fantastical literary adventure and a perfect, hilarious read for fans of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett.
There are few things better than curling up with a good book. Whether it’s a rousing adventure, a tightly woven mystery, or a well-hewn drama, literature makes for a great escape. If there’s anything more entertaining than great books (or at least as entertaining), it’s great books about books. From a rumination of the redemptive power of literature to a hilarious meta-fiction romp, there’s a little something for book lovers of every kind below.
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