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Books Promiscuously Read
Books Promiscuously Read: Reading as a Way of Life | Heather Cass White
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The critic and scholar Heather Cass White offers an exploration of the nature of reading Heather Cass Whites Books Promiscuously Read is about the pleasures of reading and its power in shaping our internal lives. It advocates for a life of constant, disorderly, time-consuming reading, and encourages readers to trust in the value of the exhilaration and fascination such reading entails. Rather than arguing for the moral value of reading or the preeminence of literature as an aesthetic form, Books Promiscuously Read illustrates the irreplaceable experience of the self that reading provides for those inclined to do it. Through three sectionsPlay, Transgression, and Insightwhich focus on three ways of thinking about reading, Books Promiscuously Read moves among and considers many poems, novels, stories, and works of nonfiction. The prose is shot through with quotations reflecting the way readers think through the words of others. Books Promiscuously Read is a tribute to the whole lives readers live in their books, and aims to recommit people to those lives. As White writes, What matters is staying attuned to an ordinary, unflashy, mutely persistent miracle; that all the books to be read, and all the selves to be because we have read them, are still there, still waiting, still undiminished in their power. It is an astonishing joy.
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kspenmoll
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#ArtfulAugust #Day3 #BookAboutBooks

Some of these enchanting volumes I have read; some of them are still awaiting me.

Eggs Great collection! 1w
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Panpan

Originally intrigued by the tittle. Felt like reading something Marianne Dashwood (my least favorite Austen heroine) would write about books. Pretentious “It is not every one,” said Elinor, “who has your passion for dead leaves.”

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melissajayne
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Mehso-so

3⭐️ Decent little book; felt the author was a little too philosophical for my tastes, but was interesting nonetheless. #2021 #nonfiction #philosophy #bookreview #bookstagram

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melissajayne
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1. Tagged book, The King‘s Justice and Once Upon a River

2. Hatchet Man by Elie Honing and A Stranger at the Door by Jason Pinter

3. Miss Peregrine‘s Home for Peculiar Children

#weekendreads

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melissajayne
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A whole life, “right alongside the rest of [a] life,” can be lived inside books.

#firstlinefridays

ShyBookOwl Yes! This! 10mo
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melissajayne
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1. HP and the Half-Blood Prince, Persuasion, Snowdrift
2. Depends on the book; some are better suited to HEA and some to open ended endings
3. Tagged

#weekendreads