An Open Book by Michael Dirda
Coming of Age in the Heartland

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The acclaimed literary journalist Michael Dirda recreates his boyhood in rust-belt Ohio. The result is an affectionate homage to small-town America, as well as a paean to what could be called the last great age of reading.
 

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Michael Dirda is a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and longtimMichael Dirda is a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and longtime book columnist for the Washington Post. He is the author oe book columnist for the Washington Post. He is the author of four collections of essays, "Readings," "Bound to Please,"f four collections of essays, "Readings," "Bound to Please," "Book by Book," and "Classics for Pleasure," as well as the "Book by Book," and "Classics for Pleasure," as well as the memoir "An Open Book." A lifelong Sherlock Holmes and Conan memoir "An Open Book." A lifelong Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle fan, he was inducted into The Baker Street Irregulars Doyle fan, he was inducted into The Baker Street Irregulars in 2002. in 2002.
 
Published October 1, 2003 by W. W. Norton & Company. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The Washington Post Book World's Pulitzer-winning book critic recalls in evocative prose his nerdy youth in Lorain County, Ohio.

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Pulitzer Prize–winning literary journalist Dirda takes a sentimental journey back to his 1950s and '60s childhood in the Midwestern steel town of Lorian, Ohio. The only boy of four child

Aug 04 2003 | Read Full Review of An Open Book: Coming of Age i...

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(Oct.)Forecast:Dirda's position as writer and senior editor for the Washington Post Book World ensures a fair amount of coverage for his memoir, and Norton will simultaneously publish a paperback edition of Readings, Dirda's previous book.

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Entertainment Weekly

During his 20-minute daily trudge to an Ohio high school in the '60s, Dirda committed Shakespeare soliloquies, Dryden couplets, and hundreds more lines of poetry to memory.

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BookPage

In her new book, So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading (Putnam, $22.95, 224 pages, ISBN 0399150838), Nelson takes the reader along for a year's worth of literature and life, offering funny, wise commentary on the ways in which the two intersect.

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In one of the book’s sharpest observations, he draws parallels between the Nazi genocide and Soviet collectivization: “The two theories of heredity may have been spectacularly opposite — the Nazis were as obsessed with the fixity of identity as the Soviets were with its complete pliability — but ...

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