The Most Wonderful Books by Michael Dorris
Writers on Discovering the Pleasures of Reading

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Most people can remember the first book they really loved--or the person (a teacher, a parent, a librarian) who showed them how words could make magic. These are the memories that 57 of today's best writers share in The Most Wonderful Books--the stories, the experiences, and the people that made them lifelong readers.

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Michael Dorris, Author Michael Dorris received an undergraduate degree in English, with honors, from Georgetown University and a graduate degree in anthropology from Yale. He taught for fifteen years at Dartmouth College and founded the Native American Studies Program there. His novels include "A Yellow Raft in Blue Water" and "The Crown of Columbus," co-authored with Louise Erdrich. "The Broken Cord," which was named Best Non-Fiction of the Year by the National Book Critics Circle, brought attention to the disorder Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. He has also written novels for young adults, which include "Guests," "Sees Behind Trees," and "Morning Girl," which won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Emilie Buchwald was named the McKnight Distinguished Artist of the Year in 2002 as publisher of Milkweed Editions. She lives in Edina, MN.
Published August 26, 1997 by Milkweed Editions. 180 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The late Dorris (Cloud Chamber, 1997, etc.) and Buchwald, publisher of Milkweed Editions, have assembled 57 brief recollections by writers of how, in Dorris's words, they ``first encountered the magic of the printed word.'' As one might expect, these experiences vary widely: Sherman Alexie recall...

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In these short essays, published in association with the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, 57 contemporary writers reminisce about their childhood encounters with reading.

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