Reading Life: On Books, Memory, and Travel
A unique blend of memoir, literary appreciation, and travel narrative, Reading Life is a series of interrelated essays tracking the relationship between books and experience, dramatizing and reflecting on how stories lead us into the world, and how we transform that engagement with the world back into personal narrative. A love story about books and travel, Reading Life is, by turns, comic and serious. Chapters shift in tone--from a lyrical quality akin to Adam Gopnik's to a tongue-in-cheek humor reminiscent of Ian Frazier's. The book transports the reader from the high desert landscape of Cather's New Mexico and the rocky coastline of E. B. White's Maine to the pilgrimage paths of Cervantes's Spain and the hallucinogenic heat of Bowles's Morocco. At the heart of Reading Life is the belief that stories are vital to our existence. [Amazon.com]
Mercer University Press
Autobiography, Books, Literary appreciation, Memoir, Memory, Reading, Travel narrative
Creative Writing | Nonfiction
Pearson, Michael, "Reading Life: On Books, Memory, and Travel" (2015). MFA Creative Writing Faculty Bookshelf. 10.