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In this brilliant collection, the follow-up to her “ New York Times” bestseller “Reading Like a Writer”, distinguished novelist, literary critic, and essayist, Francine Prose celebrates the pleasures of reading and pays homage to the works and writers she admires above all others, from Jane Austen and Charles Dickens to Jennifer Egan and Roberto Bolaño.
Written with her sharp critical analysis, wit, and enthusiasm, “What to Read and Why” is a celebration of literature that will give readers a new appreciation for the power and beauty of the written word.
Francine Prose is the author of twenty works of fiction. Her novel “A Changed Man” won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angel was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed “Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife”. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, a Director’s Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, Prose is a former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her most recent book is “Lovers at the Chameleon Club”, Paris 1932. She lives in New York City.