"I have a New Year's plan," Nelson writes in the prologue to this charming diary of an unapologetic "readaholic." Her goal: to read a book a week for a year and try "to get down on paper what I've been doing for years in my mind: matching up the reading experience with the personal one and watching where they intersect-or don't." Armed with a list of books, the author, a Glamour senior contributing editor, the New York Observer's publishing columnist and a veteran book reviewer, begins her 52-week odyssey. She doesn't necessarily stick to her list, which includes classics ("the homework I didn't do in college"), books everyone's talking about (like David McCullough's John Adams) and titles as diverse as Call It Sleep, by Henry Roth, and Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting. But she succeeds in sharing her infectious enthusiasm for literature in general, the act of reading and individual books and authors. Along the way, Nelson unearths treasures. She becomes enamored of David Mura's Turning Japanese, a memoir that helps her understand her Japanese-American husband better, and looks to Henry Dunow's The Way Home, about coaching baseball, while trying to help her second-grade son improve his athletic skills. Most readers will probably come away from this love letter to books eager to pursue some of Nelson's favorites-Nora Ephron's Heartburn, perhaps, or Emma Donoghue's Slammerkin-which is what makes Nelson's reflections inspiring and worthwhile.
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A reviewer spends a year writing about the books she reads, and how they fit into her life. Rather self-indulgent - why didn't I think of it first? (B+)Published on Oct. 2 2004 by Ez
I am so thankful for Amazon.com used books. I could not afford to continue reading this book if I had to pay full price for the books that Sara has tempted me to buy. Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by Amanda Brookes
The very idea of this book attracted me quite a bit. I love to read about other passionate readers, and I was very curious to see what books Nelson picked. Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by Suzanne Amara
My attention waned while reading this book. I became very bored with her life stories and found myself skipping ahead only to read the blurbs regarding what books she had read and... Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by K. Bergherm
I recently picked up Sara Nelson's book to read while I was working a garage sale. Before the sale was finished I was well into her book, enjoying a look into the mind of another... Read morePublished on May 24 2004 by Daryl B
Until I read this book, I wasn't sure there were other people out there like me. I totally related to the unease Sara expressed when going on a trip and not having something to... Read morePublished on April 1 2004 by Theresa E. Miller
...this book is for you!!! This book is good in so many ways:
1. You can meet someone who is truly passionate about reading and wants to share her love of it with the... Read more
I spent my third Saturday night in a row reading until the wee hours. I read SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME by Sara Nelson and enjoyed it for the most part. Read morePublished on March 14 2004 by Maudeen Wachsmith