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Books that Saved My LifeReading for Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure

Books that Saved My LifeReading for Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure by Michael McGirr, ISBN: 9781925773149
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ISBN: 9781925773149
Publisher: Text Publishing
Published: 29 October, 2018
Format: Hardcover
Language: English

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Books that Saved My LifeReading for Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure

Here are forty texts to read at some stage in your life- forty texts that can enrich you in all manner of ways. Some are recent, like Harry Potter; some ancient, like Homer and Lao Tzu. There are memoirs (Nelson Mandela), poetry (Les Murray) and many of the world's great novels, from George Eliot's Middlemarch to Toni Morrison's Beloved. Our guide, in entertaining short essays about personal encounters with each of these works, is Michael McGirr- schoolteacher and former priest, reviewer of hundreds of novels and lifelong lover of literature. His humour and insight shine through in stories that connect the texts he has selected with each other, and connect us to them. Never prescriptive, and often very funny, this book is an invitation to reflect on-and share with others-the extraordinary gift of reading. 'It is a gift that is taking me a lifetime to unwrap,' McGirr writes. 'The excitement has never worn off.'

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