By Janice A. Radway

Deftly melding ethnography, cultural background, literary feedback, and autobiographical mirrored image, A Feeling for Books is straight away an enticing 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 studying. Janice Radway strains the background of the recognized mail-order booklet membership from its debatable founding in 1926 via its evolution into an company uniquely profitable in mixing trade and tradition. Framing her historic narrative with writing of a extra own variety, Radway displays at the modern function of the Book-of-the-Month membership in American cultural background and in her personal existence. Her special account of the criteria and practices hired through the club's in-house editors can be an soaking up tale of her interactions with these editors. studying her reports 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 cherished novels as Marjorie Morningstar and To Kill a Mockingbird. wealthy and worthwhile, this ebook will captivate and enjoyment an individual who's attracted to the heritage of books and within the own and transformative event of reading.

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