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May 4, 2008

11 Down, 41 To Go "Secret Lives of Great Authors" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

Secret Lives of Great Authors is subtitled, "What Your Teachers Never Told You About Famous Novelists, Poets, and Playwrights," and is filled with trivia and arcana about authors from Shakespeare to Pynchon. Though I mostly enjoyed the book, and am probably as close to its target audience, I already had come across much of its information in other places. Of course, these are the kind of facts (and books) I have sought out for years, my father took great pride in calling me a "repository of useless information." One of the best things about the book is its focus on 20th century authors, notably Kurt Vonnegut, J.D. Salinger and Thomas Pynchon.

For one month, enter the coupon code "LHB001" at Atomic Books and receive 15% off this title.

My next book is Mat Johnson & Warren Pleece's graphic novel, Incognegro.


also at Largehearted Boy:

52 Books, 52 Weeks (2008 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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