Judging A Book By Its Lover: A Field Guide To The Hearts And Minds Of Readers Everywhere

Paperback | October 2, 2012

byLauren Leto

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“Leto is as funny as she is well-read; a delight for bibliophiles and wannabes alike.”
—Wylie Overstreet, author of The History of the World According to Facebook

Lauren Leto, humor blogger and co-author of Texts from Last Night, now offers a fascinating field guide to the hearts and minds of readers everywhere. Judging a Book by Its Lover is like a literary Sh*t My Dad Says—an unrelentingly witty and delightfully irreverent guide to the intricate world of passionate literary debate, at once skewering and celebrating great writers, from Dostoevsky to Ayn Rand to Jonathan Franzen, and all the people who read them. This provocative, smart, and addictively funny tome arose out of Leto’s popular “book porn” blog posts, and it will delight and outrage literature fans, readers of  Stuff White People Like and I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar—people obsessed with literary culture and people fed up with literary culture—in equal measure.

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“Leto is as funny as she is well-read; a delight for bibliophiles and wannabes alike.”—Wylie Overstreet, author of The History of the World According to FacebookLauren Leto, humor blogger and co-author of Texts from Last Night, now offers a fascinating field guide to the hearts and minds of readers everywhere. Judging a Book by Its Lov...

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Want to impress the hot stranger at the bar who asks for your take on Infinite Jest? Dying to shut up the blowhard in front of you who’s pontificating on Cormac McCarthy’s “recurring road narratives”? Having difficulty keeping Francine Prose and Annie Proulx straight? For all those overwhelmed readers who need to get a firm grip on the...

Lauren Leto dropped out of law school to start the popular humor blog “Texts from Last Night.” She co-authored the bookTexts from Last Night: All the Texts No One Remembers Sending. She lives in Brooklyn.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:October 2, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062070142

ISBN - 13:9780062070142

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for the true book addict The Good Stuff Wickedly funny often good naturedly snarky Actually learned a lot & not just how to pick up a guy in a bookstore/library Love the fact that she adores Evanovitch as much as the literary elite Wonderful suggestions that will help me in my job as a bookseller and Librarian Cannot say enough about the chapters Book Critic's Bag of Tricks - which has given me many new words for my reviews Fabulous message about the importance of books Touching and personal Loved the chapter What your child will grow up to be if you read them .. It's hilarious and spot on -- and btw I read them a lot of Seuss so phew things are looking good for my boys The chapter How to Fake it will come in extremely well at my part time job ; ) A compelling, pithy read - see chapter Book Critic's Bag of Tricks And no I will not lend this book to you --- go buy your own The Not So Good Stuff Wanted more The Classifying literature chapter was far too intelligent for me Favorite Quotes/Passages "You would've thought I'd learn after that. Books aren't good gifts for people who don't read. But like a maniac, I keep shoving books into nonreader hands. I picture myself as not unlike John the Baptist. But instead of preaching for Jesus, I'm preaching for stories." "Considering yourself a serious reader doesn't mean you can't read light books. Loving to read means you sometimes like to turn your head off. Reading is not about being able to recite passages from Camus by memory." "They're BEAUTIFUL THINGS, tangible books. The iPad, Nook, and Kindle are swiftly taking away our ability to instantly judge people by their choice of reading material in public places, but for a little while longer, you'll be able to strike up a conversation with a stranger, or silently mock them, as you notice them cracking open a wonderfully bulky copy of I am Charlotte Simmons." Who Should/Shouldn't Read For those who passionately love the written word Perfect gift for the book lover Not for those who aren't crazy about books 4 Dewey's I received this from William Morrow in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2012-11-22

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“Leto is as funny as she is well-read; a delight for bibliophiles and wannabes alike.”