Second Reading by Jonathan Yardley
Notable and Neglected Books Revisited

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Yardley seems oblivious to the challenge Salinger set himself, of presenting the point of view of his first person narrator while allowing the reader to grasp the difference between this narrator and his creator.
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This collection of reviews and reevaluations by Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Jonathan Yardley considers lesser-known works from renowned authors and underappreciated talents, and offers fresh takes on old favorites. Yardley’s reviews of sixty titles include fiction by Gabriel Garcia Márquez, John Cheever, and Henry Fielding; the autobiography of Louis Armstrong; essays by Nora Ephron; and Margaret Leach’s history of Washington during the Civil War. Second Reading is also the memoir of a passionate and lifelong reader told through the books that have meant the most to him. Playing the part of both reviewer and bibliophile, Yardley takes on Steinbeck and Salinger, explores the southern fiction of Shirley Ann Grau and Eudora Welty, looks into a darker side of Roald Dahl and praises the pulp fiction of William Bradford Huie and the crime novels of John McDonald.

Collected from a popular Washington Post column of the same name, Second Reading is an incisive and entertaining look at the career and times of an esteemed critic and the venerable books that shaped him. This delightful consideration reminds readers that thoughtful criticism and a lively sense of fun can exist side by side.
 

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Jonathan Yardley is the book critic and a columnist for The Washington Post. He is the author of four previous books, including Ring: A Biography of Ring Lardner and Our Kind of People: The Story of an American Family, and the editor of My Life as Author and Editor by H. L. Mencken. In 1968-69 he held a Nieman Fellowship in Journalism at Harvard University, and in 1981 was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. He lives in Baltimore and Cecil County, Maryland, with his wife, Susan Hartt Yardley.
 
Published June 28, 2011 by Europa Editions. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Jun 24 2011

Yardley seems oblivious to the challenge Salinger set himself, of presenting the point of view of his first person narrator while allowing the reader to grasp the difference between this narrator and his creator.

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