Bookish lives

Not only have book sales been rising in recent years, but those who love to read are speaking out. A subgenre of the memoir has appeared: the memoir of the reading life. That one of these, Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, has topped both the New York Times and the bestseller lists is astonishing in a culture that supposedly discourages serious reading. Michael Dirda’s An Open Book: Coming of Age in the Heartland and Sara Nelson’s So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading have also been widely praised for their exploration of the interaction between the imagined life found in books and the everyday life of the reader.


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