Readers, today’s episode is inspired by Helene Hanff’s love of books, nonfiction, and observation. We’re sharing a bunch of nonfiction books about books, reading, and readers. Some of these are longtime favorites and others are on our endless TBR lists. This episode is extra nerdy, a little nostalgic, and supremely bookish. We hope you find a title to add to your TBR today.
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Nonfiction loveletters to books
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff ( Amazon)
Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence ( Amazon)
Ex Libris by Michiko Kakutani ( Amazon)
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders ( Amazon)
I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel ( Amazon)
The Possessed by Elif Batuman ( Amazon)
Well Read Black Girl edited by Glory Edim ( Amazon)
The Dark Fantastic by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas ( Amazon)
The Library Book by Susan Orlean ( Amazon)
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Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi ( Amazon)
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman ( Amazon)
Bibliophile by Jane Mount ( Amazon)
Diverse Spines by Jamise Harper and Jane Mount (forthcoming)
The Toni Morrison Book Club by Juda Bennett, Winnifred Brown-Glaude, Cassandra Jackson, Piper Kendrix Williams ( Amazon)
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy by Anne Boyd Rioux ( Amazon)
My Autobiography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland ( Amazon)
Books Promiscuously Read: Reading as a Way of Life by Heather Cass White ( Amazon)