Wishlist Wednesday is a meme hosted by Pen to Paper, where bloggers get the chance to show which books they’ve added to their wishlist this week.
The book that I am currently eager to get my hands on, is Rereadings by Anne Fadiman:
The book isn’t actually written by Fadiman. She is the editor and this is a collection of essays written by seventeen different writers, each talking about one book that they love to re-read.
Is a book the same book–or a reader the same reader–the second time around? The seventeen authors in this witty and poignant collection of essays all agree on the answer: Never.
The editor of Rereadings is Anne Fadiman, and readers of her bestselling book Ex Libris will find this volume especially satisfying. Her chosen authors include Sven Birkerts, Allegra Goodman, Vivian Gornick, Patricia Hampl, Phillip Lopate, and Luc Sante; the objects of their literary affections range from Pride and Prejudice to Sue Barton, Student Nurse.
These essays are not conventional literary criticism; they are about relationships. Rereadings reveals at least as much about the reader as about the book: each is a miniature memoir that focuses on that most interesting of topics, the protean nature of love. And as every bibliophile knows, no love is more life-changing than the love of a book.
I re-read my favourite books all the time. I don’t feel as if I have properly experienced a book that I like unless I read it a few times. So yeah, I can’t wait to read this book and to meet other folk who think like me.