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Shelf, The Hardcover – 13 Jun 2014

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (13 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374261202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374261207
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.6 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,908,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If the world's greatest librarian held hands with the greatest English teacher you ever had and they led you into the middle of the Forest of Literature, Phyllis Rose's The Shelf would be right there, waiting for you. The Shelf is an exceptional, goofy, erudite, deeply thoughtful, and completely enchanting foray into the world of books. As Grace Paley said in another context, you'll learn something. --Amy Bloom, author of Away Phyllis Rose calls her irresistibly charming journey through the LEQ-LES shelf an experiment in Off-Road Reading. But the lesson I drew from it was that no matter what bookish road you take, whether it's a superhighway or a bumpy track that requires the literary equivalent of four-wheel drive, you're bound to enjoy the scenery if you're as interesting a reader as Rose. --Anne Fadiman, author of Ex Libris and At Large and At Small. In her brilliant and original The Shelf, Phyllis Rose proves how much you can learn about yourself and the world just by reading any book you come across and thinking seriously about it. --Alison Lurie, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Foreign Affairs. The Shelf is a surprising and wonderful book--a magnificent treat! --Alexander McCall Smith, author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. It's always a pleasure to read Phyllis Rose. She ignites our imagination with her own intellectual curiosity, encouraging us to read widely and take chances. --Judy Blume, author of Summer Sisters. Exhilarating, adventurous, original--Phyllis Rose's The Shelf is a reminder of what reading and writing are all about. Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran --Various

About the Author

Phyllis Rose is the author of A Woman of Letters, a biography of Virginia Woolf that was a finalist for the 1979 National Book Award; Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages; Jazz Cleopatra: Josephine Baker in Her Time; The Year of Reading Proust: A Memoir in Real Time; and two collections of essays. She divides her time between Key West and New York City.

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