Michiko Kakutani Shares Personal Essays on More Than 100 Books

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In EX LIBRIS: 100+ Books to Read and Re-Read, published by Clarkson Potter, Pulitzer Prize–winning literary critic Michiko Kakutani shares personal, thought-provoking essays about more than 100 books that have mattered to her and that help illuminate our contemporary society

As part of the book’s introduction, Kakutani writes: “In a world riven by political and social divisions, literature can connect people across time zones and zip codes, across cultures and religions, national boundaries and historical eras. It can give us an understanding of lives very different from our own, and a sense of the shared joys and losses of human experience.”

Kakutani Michiko, credit Mark Seliger

Readers will discover novels and memoirs by some of our most gifted writers; favorite classics worth reading or rereading; and nonfiction works, both old and new, that illuminate our social and political landscape and some of today’s most pressing issues, from climate change to medicine to the consequences of digital innovation.

Kakutani delves into essential works in American history (The Federalist Papers, The Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr., among them); books that address timely cultural dynamics (like Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction, and Daniel J. Boorstin’s The Image); classics of children’s literature (including Dr. Seuss titles, the Harry Potter books, and Where the Wild Things Are); as well as novels by acclaimed contemporary writers such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Don DeLillo, William Gibson, Toni Morrison, Ian McEwan, and Zadie Smith

To read the complete EX LIBRIS Table of Contents, click here.

Posted: November 11, 2020