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By Janice A. Radway

Deftly melding ethnography, cultural historical past, literary feedback, and autobiographical mirrored image, A Feeling for Books is right away a fascinating learn of the Book-of-the-Month Club's influential function as a cultural establishment and a profoundly own meditation in regards to the event of examining. Janice Radway lines the historical past of the recognized mail-order e-book membership from its arguable founding in 1926 via its evolution into an firm uniquely profitable in mixing trade and tradition. Framing her old narrative with writing of a extra own variety, Radway displays at the modern position of the Book-of-the-Month membership in American cultural heritage and in her personal existence. Her specified account of the factors and practices hired by means of the club's in-house editors is additionally an soaking up tale of her interactions with these editors. analyzing her reviews as a fourteen-year-old reader of the club's choices and, later, as a professor of literature, she deals a chain of conscientiously analytical but deeply own readings of such loved novels as Marjorie Morningstar and To Kill a Mockingbird. wealthy and profitable, this publication will captivate and enjoyment a person who's drawn to the heritage of books and within the own and transformative event of reading.

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