Why We Read What We Read by Lisa Adams
A Delightfully Opinionated Journey Through Bestselling Books

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What do weight loss, evil emperors and tales of redemption have in common?

We readers have many dirty little secrets-and our bestselling books are spilling them all. We can't resist conspiratorial crooks or the number 7. We have bought millions of books about cheese. And over a million of us read more than 50 nearly identical books every single year.

In Why We Read What We Read, Lisa Adams and John Heath take an insightful and often hilarious tour through nearly 200 bestselling books, ferreting out their persistent themes and determining what those say about what we believe and how we relate to one another.

Some of our favorite (and revealing) topics include:

--Repeating the Obvious:
Diet, Wealth, and Inspiration

--Black and White and Read All Over:
Good and Evil in Bestselling Adventure Novels and Political Nonfiction

--Soul Train:
Religion and Spirituality

--Hopefully Ever After:
Love, Romance and Relationships

--Reading for Redemption:
Trials and Triumphs in Literary Fiction and Nonfiction

--Controversy and Conspiracy in The Da Vinci Code

Explore the nature of what and how we read-and what it means for our psyches, our society and our future.

About Lisa Adams

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Lisa Adams and John Heath are lifelong book lovers and smart alecs who now teach literature and writing. They have authored and co-authored such eclectic works as Who Killed Homer?, S'mores: Gourmet Treats for Every Occasion, Bonfire of the Humanities, The Talking Greeks, Business and Marketing Writing and Actaeon, the Unmannerly Intruder.
Published September 1, 2007 by Sourcebooks. 340 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Heath and Adams state that while a lot of these books don't actually help or change a person, we all still buy and read them for the hope that the next diet book will be the one to help us lose weight (as if all you need to do to lose weight is to read a diet book) or that reading a particular ge...

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Each section then contains a detailed analysis of four or so of the most popular books from the genre, and an exploration of what the books say about the American personality.

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