Judging a Book by Its Lover: A Field Guide to the Hearts and Minds of Readers Everywhere

Judging a Book by Its Lover: A Field Guide to the Hearts and Minds of Readers Everywhere

Lauren Leto

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0062070142

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


“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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easy and quick; I need to turn the pages without knowing it. I don’t have the bandwidth to wonder about the underlying meaning of the exact word chosen to phrase how one turned around or analyze just why an object was described in a certain way. I need distraction, not deep thoughts. I make this distinction because most of this book is about avoiding bad books, and I don’t want a reader to think I’m being an elitist snob. Considering yourself a serious reader doesn’t mean you can’t read light

that a boy could dance around with a purple crayon and make anything he wanted come to reality. Then stop wondering why he won’t stop sleeping with his secretaries. The answer is right here. CURIOUS GEORGE The creepy monkey kid whom no one likes. Seriously, why did the kid who loved monkeys always also look like a monkey? If you pick your kid up from school and a bunch of the other students are having him imitate an ape, you have to put your foot down. If not, in about ten years no one will

Five words: Think more frightening Fatal Attraction. The Comfort of Strangers A disturbing tale that will make you think twice about mingling with locals in foreign countries as the protagonist couple are swept into a horrible predicament by a seemingly endearing stranger they meet while touring Venice. Five words: Sadomasochism, cameras, and drugged tea. Atonement A young woman falls in love with a man only to be thwarted by her confused sister’s claim that he is a rapist. Five

Palahniuk’s grandparents. His grandfather shot and killed his grandmother as his father watched from under the bed at age three. Afterward, his grandfather turned the gun on himself. Palahniuk is often very careful to make sure facts he presents are true. To this end, the repetitive cleaning tips and tricks in Survivor are all completely accurate. Some of the best for your housekeeping pleasure: Keep bacon from curling by chilling the bacon in a freezer for a few minutes before cooking. A way to

seen by some readers and not at all by others. Is David Foster Wallace to be classified as a post-postmodernist because he employs a metafiction narrative at points where postmodern writers highlight reality? Do we follow James Wood’s prompting and call Zadie Smith an example of hysterical realism because of the desperateness in the daily life of her characters, or are her themes of futility solidly postmodernism? These questions cannot be answered. So, classifying fiction is a nebulous process,

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