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Judging a book by its lover : a field guide to the hearts and minds of readers everywhere
Leto, Lauren.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper Perennial, [2012]

Physical Description:
ix, 269 pages ; 21 cm
"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 relentless onslaught of must-read books to stay on top of the inevitable conversations that swirl around them, Lauren Leto's Judging a Book by Its Lover is manna from literary heaven! A hilarious send-up of--and inspired homage to--the passionate and peculiar world of book culture, this guide to literary debate leaves no reader or author unscathed, at once adoring and skewering everyone from Jonathan Franzen to Ayn Rand to Dostoyevsky and the people who read them"--P. [4] of cover.
The Justice League of Ex-teachers of Mine -- For the love of print. Commercial confessions ; The bookshelf of the vanities ; That certain bookstore smell ; Ten rules for bookstore hookups ; Rules for public reading ; Survival of the nerdiest ; Oh, the men you'll love -- Fan fictions. Harry hardships ; The rules of book club ; Petition to change the term from "bookworm" to "bookcat" ; Fan letters ; The spelling bee ; Your moveable feast ; Little-known treasures ; Infinite lies ; How to write like any author -- How to fake it. What your child will grow up to be if you read them -- ; Stereotyping people by favorite author ; How to fake it ; Strategies to avoid discussing the major plot points of any novel ; A gift guide by a bad gift-giver ; How to speak condescendingly about the most revered authors/literary works ; The written word -- Snark bait. Twitter-sized reviews of memoirs ; Book critic's bag of tricks ; Give it to me cheap ; How to succeed in classifying fiction without really trying ; The literati ; To be read -- Why we talk about it.
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