Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason

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Sasquatch Books, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 287 pages
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What to read next is every book lover's greatest dilemma. Nancy Pearl comes to the rescue with this wide-ranging and fun guide to the best reading new and old. Pearl, who inspired legions of litterateurs with ?What If All (name the city) Read the Same Book,” has devised 170 thematic reading lists that cater to every mood, occasion, and personality. These annotated lists cover such topics as mother-daughter relationships, science for nonscientists, mysteries of all stripes, African-American fiction from a female point of view, must-reads for kids, books on bicycling, ?chick-lit,” and many more. Pearl's enthusiasm and taste shine throughout in this lively and informative illustrated guide.

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Y'know, Pearl means well. But her annotations are so simplistic, if you're not willing to fly blindfolded, she won't be much help. I glanced at every page and used this website to look up a few of her ... Read full review

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

I LOVE to read and am always looking for more suggestions. I've had the pleasure of hearing Nancy Pearl on NPR and in person - she is delightful and a font of information on books and reading. This is ... Read full review

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A My Name Is Alice
The Joke
Academic Mysteries
Action Heroines
Today and Yesterday
He Say
Too Good to Miss
King Arthur
KitchenSink Poetry
Too Good to Miss
Too Good to Miss
Lady Travelers
Latin American Fiction
Too Good to Miss

She Say
African Literature in English
American Indian Literature
Armchair Travel
Art Appreciation
Asian American Experiences
Astronomical Ideas
Australian Fiction
A Readers Guide
Balkan Specters
Too Good to Miss
Best Business Books
Biographical Novels
Bird Brains
Black Humor
Bomb Makers
Books About Books
Boys Coming of Age
Brothers and Sisters
Too Good to Miss
California Here We Come
Canadian Fiction
Cat Crazy
Chick Lit
China Voices
Christmas Books for the Whole Family to Read
Civil War Fiction
Civil War Nonfiction
The Classical World
Cold War Spy Fiction
Companion Reads
Les Crimes Noir
Cuba Si
Czech It Out
A Dickens of a Tale
Dinosaur Hunting
Do Clothes Make the Man or Woman?
Dreaming of Africa
Elvis on my Mind
Take a Letter
Essaying Essays
Families in Trouble
Fathers and Daughters
Fathers and Sons
First Line to Remember
First Novels
Flying About the Clouds
Food for Thought
Too Good to Miss
Out of the Closet
Gear Up for Gardening
A Geography of Family and Place
Ghost Stories
Girls Growing Up
Graphic Novels
Great Dogs in Fiction
Grit Lit
Growing Writers
Too Good to Miss
Help Yourself
The Great Explorers and Expeditions
Historical Fiction Around the World
Historical Fiction for Kids of All Ages
I Love a Mystery
Intriguing Novels
Irish Fiction
The Islamic World
Islands Desert and Otherwise
Italian American Writers
Japanese Fiction
The Jewish American Experience
Too Good to Miss
Lost Weekends
Magical Realism
Too Good to Miss
Mechanical Men Robots Automatons and Deep Blue
Mexican Fiction
The Middle East
Too Good to Miss
In Big Sky Country
The Moons My Destination
Mothers and Daughters
Mothers and Sons
Too Good to Miss
Music and Musicians
My Own Private Dui
New Mexico
New Orleans
New York New York
Too Good to Miss
Fantasies for GrownUps
100 Good Reads Decade by Decade
Our Primates Ourselves
Passage to India
Pawns of History
People You Ought to Meet
Physicians Writing More Than Prescriptions
A Novel Idea
Polish Poems and Prose
Politics of Fiction
The Postmodern Condition
Too Good to Miss
Presidential Biographies
Prose by Poets
Pyms Cup Runneth Over
Real Characters
Too Good to Miss
Railroad History
Rivers of Words
Road Novels
Our Love Is Here to Stay
Russian Heavies
Science Books for the Interested but Apprehensive Layperson
Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror
Sea Stories
Sex and the Single Reader
Short Stories
Shrinks and Shrinkees
Southern Fiction
The Really Real Unreal World of Intelligence
Sports and Games
Too Good to MIss
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Teachers and Teaching Taes
A Lone Star State of Mind
Too Good to Miss
ThreeHanky Reads
Too Good to Miss
Western Fiction
Western Memoirs
What a Natural Disaster
What a Trial That Was
Wild Life
Too Good to Miss
Womens Friendships
Words to the Wise
World War I Fiction
World War I Nonfiction
World War II Fiction
World War II Nonfiction
Zen Buddhism and Meditation
The Will Mean Nothing to You

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About the author (2003)

Nancy Pearl has been a librarian and bookseller in Detroit, Chicago, Tulsa, and Seattle. She lives in Seattle.

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