Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book

By Sean Manning

Lovers of the published ebook, come up! Thirty of today’s most sensible writers are right here to inform you you’re now not alone.
 
In Bound to Last,an outstanding array of authors involves the passionate security of the broadcast ebook with spirited, never-before-published essays celebrating the hardcover or paperback they carry such a lot dearnot inevitably as a result of its contents, yet as a result of its importance as a special, irreplaceable object. no matter if targeting the situations in the back of how a specific publication was once obtained, or the way it has turn into perpetually “bound up” with a selected individual, time, or position, every piece accrued right here confirms—poignantly, delightfully, irrefutably—that each publication tells a narrative a long way past the single came across inside its pages.
 
In addition to a foreword by means of Ray Bradbury, Bound to final features unique contributions by:
Chris Abani, Rabih Alameddine, Anthony Doerr, Louis Ferrante, Nick Flynn, Karen pleasure Fowler, Julia Glass, Karen eco-friendly, David Hajdu, Terrence Holt, Jim Knipfel, Shahriar Mandanipour, Sarah Manguso, Sean Manning, Joyce Maynard, Philipp Meyer, Jonathan Miles, Sigrid Nunez, Ed Park, Victoria Patterson, Francine Prose, Michael Ruhlman, Elissa Schappell, Christine Schutt, Jim Shepard, Susan directly, J. Courtney Sullivan, Anthony Swofford, Danielle Trussoni, and Xu Xiaobin

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White. ” You ask for Stuart Little, or Charlotte and Wilbur. You ask for a fairy story or a puppy tale; for Pippi, Babar, or—nowadays—Toot and Puddle. Your favourite characters—you recognize them. From a mile away, you may spot the guy within the Yellow Hat, Mrs. Mallard, Olivia, or Ferdinand the bull; yet H. A. Rey, Robert McCloskey, Ian Falconer, and Munro Leaf—who the heck are they? Authorial famous person is sabotaged but extra whilst photograph books lose their jackets, simply because once they do—whether unintentionally or, as in our domestic, by way of decree—they shed their authors’ biographies to boot. Many prolific children’s writers also are at risk of altering dance partners—that is, illustrators—making their books even more durable to determine as exceptionally their very own. (Dr. Seuss could be the exception to this rule. little ones observe him as a uniquely inventive person, might be simply because they pay attention their mom and dad name the fellow a “genius. ” He’s the Bob Dylan of children’s authors, too eccentrically, definitively . . . good, Seussian . . . to be harassed with someone else. ) yet there i used to be, forty-nine years previous, an writer myself, by no means having stopped to think about the identification, the non-public tale, of the girl who created a publication so very important to me for therefore long—or to seek down any others she may have written. whilst i started to target Karla Kuskin, simply her identify, first thing i spotted was once that I’d obvious it on at the least another e-book we owned. I went into my sons’ room (both boys now shared our apartment’s one precise bed room) and scanned the cabinets. reliable lord: A booklet they either enjoyed, person who were advised through a fellow mom, that I’d relished examining numerous instances, was once The Philharmonic will get Dressed—written by way of Karla Kuskin, illustrated (perfectly) by means of Simont. (I might write a whole essay on that ebook, too. i'll say simply issues. One, in case you have a small baby who loves track, or who likes to snicker over lingerie, or either, this can be your booklet. , if unintentionally you will have lately left at the back of a much-loved existence in ny urban, almost certainly in alternate for a gorgeous seashore city in Massachusetts, or even in case you have few regrets, this booklet will placed a tremendous fats nostalgic lump on your throat. ) take into account that, Philharmonic used to be naked—no jacket, no writer bio—yet indexed at the again have been twelve books “Also by way of Karla Kuskin,” all with evocative titles similar to Any Me i would like to Be and James and the Rain and Which Horse Is William? The checklist didn't, in spite of the fact that, contain Roar and extra. considering I knew my cherished publication was once out of print, i may merely wonder whether different books she’d written had additionally fallen off the cabinets; what I knew for sure used to be that I’d spent a life-time lacking volumes of this woman’s poetry and wit, either verbal and visible. at any time when a brand new booklet via considered one of your favourite “adult” writers is released, you recognize it—from experiences and advertisements within the paper, might be from its prominence on your bookshop window—but infrequent is the “juvenile” writer whose newest opus will get a lot fanfare. (The exceptions to this rule we all know all too good.

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