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por Noel Perrin

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One of America's finest essayists writes about 40 literary masterpieces that have been wrongfully forgotten or were ignored in the first place.
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The forty short essays in this collection, first published in the Washington Post, highlight books (and two poems) that the author feels have been unjustly overlooked. Perrin doesn’t claim that they are great books but that they are good books and worth reading. It’s not meant to be a canon; rather than “you should read these,” I felt as if he were telling me, “You might find something here to enjoy.”
I turned to this while in a reading slump, unable to decide what I wanted to read next. It was the perfect antidote. I’d only read one of the books Perrin chose, and I’d never heard of several. I may never read George Ade or some of the others Perrin highlights, but I came across a dozen or so that look interesting. That’s a good ratio for a collection avowedly one person’s taste.
More importantly, Perrin communicates the enjoyment that reading can bring. For that reason, the title is well-chosen. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 9, 2024 |
Great way to find new books, off the beaten path. Not for bestseller hunters, but serious readers. ( )
  betty_s | Sep 7, 2023 |
That's a literal title. I had heard of a few of Perrin's authors or titles (Robert Graves, Joseph Mitchell, Guard of Honor, [b:A Fine and Private Place|76718|A Fine and Private Place|Peter S. Beagle|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1170899643s/76718.jpg|3948]) and now, solely on the his enticing, enchanting essays, I want to read them all. And even if Perrin is wrong (which I doubt) and the books' obscurity deserved, I shall have delighted in Perrin's essays themselves, which are as masterful as the books they tout.
  ljhliesl | May 21, 2013 |
This book is like having an educated, intelligent friend personally recommend books to you that you would not find or pick up on your own. I am only halfway through because I keep having to stop in order to go read the book he described! He has a conversational, often conspiratorial, tone and makes you want to live at the library. ( )
1 vote Earth619 | May 26, 2012 |
I found half of the books that the author describes interesting enough to note for my own reading list. 20 out of 40 is not that bad. I also found the epilogue to be helpful about which titles were out of print in 1988. May be hard to find some still, but I have faith in the library system!
I discovered that I did not want to read the complete essays, although they are well written. I did not want to know too much about the plot of the book being recommended. If the first few paragraphs peaked my interest, I added it to my list. ( )
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