100 One-Night Reads: A Book Lover's Guide

By David C. Major, John S. Major

Readers in every single place be aware of that not anything soothes the spirit like sinking right into a incredible publication. if you are one among that chuffed band, you are going to quick realize the authors of this encouraged interpreting advisor as kindred spirits. right here David and John significant have selected 100 books that may every one be delightfully ate up in a single quiet night. protecting different types from delusion to fiction, historical past to humor, secret to memoir, this addictive quantity positive aspects books to check your whole moods—by either celebrated writers and proficient unknowns, including:

•  Russell Baker  •  Willa Cather  • Raymond Chandler  •  F. Scott Fitzgerald  • Graham Greene  •  Edith Hamilton  •  Dashiell Hammett  •  Helene Hanff  •  Ernest Hemingway  •  Patricia Highsmith  • Shirley Jackson  •  Henry James  •  W. Somerset Maugham  •  Mary McCarthy  •  Walter Mosley  •  Vladimir Nabokov  •  Patrick O'Brian  •  Barbara Pym  •  Phillip Roth  •  Vikram Seth  •  Isaac Bashevis Singer  •  C. P. Snow  •  Dylan Thomas  •  Evelyn Waugh  •  Edith Wharton  •  Laura Ingalls Wilder  •  Virginia Woolf

Each choice comprises an exciting dialogue of what makes the ebook specific, from an adventurous writing type to a special humorousness. The Majors additionally proportion insights concerning the authors and literary anecdotes, in addition to suggest different gemstones on the same topic or by means of an identical author.

A literary spouse to savour and confer with time and again, a hundred One-Night Reads is a masterpiece in its personal correct!

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