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By Janice A. Radway

Deftly melding ethnography, cultural background, literary feedback, and autobiographical mirrored image, A Feeling for Books is instantly an enticing examine of the Book-of-the-Month Club's influential position as a cultural establishment and a profoundly own meditation concerning the event of analyzing. Janice Radway lines the historical past of the recognized mail-order publication membership from its debatable founding in 1926 via its evolution into an firm uniquely profitable in mixing trade and tradition. Framing her historic narrative with writing of a extra own kind, Radway displays at the modern position of the Book-of-the-Month membership in American cultural background and in her personal lifestyles. Her targeted account of the criteria and practices hired through the club's in-house editors is usually an soaking up tale of her interactions with these editors. analyzing her studies as a fourteen-year-old reader of the club's choices and, later, as a professor of literature, she bargains a sequence of conscientiously analytical but deeply own readings of such loved novels as Marjorie Morningstar and To Kill a Mockingbird. wealthy and profitable, this e-book will captivate and pleasure a person who's attracted to the background of books and within the own and transformative event of reading.

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