Writers choosing writers
What happens when you ask a handful of writers to name their favorite book of 2012, and then the authors of those books pick their favorites? The unexpected. Follow the trail for a wonderful daisy-chain of eclectic reading recommendations to last through next year.
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STANDALONE PICK( Graywolf Press, Liveright )
Sven Birkets ("The Other Walk") picks...
"Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece"
Michael Gorra's "Portrait of a Novel" gives not only deep background on Henry James and the period but begins to convey, in the most graceful prose, both the grand complexity of "Portrait of a Lady," and the rewards of a reading that does it justice.