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My Ideal Bookshelf

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Though "My Ideal Bookshelf" isn’t a work that requires reading it cover to cover – like any book shelf, perusing it at your leisure is far more fun – one of the interesting things that emerges when you go through the shelves in order is the conversation between the writers featured in the book. Atul Gawnde has a book by Malcolm Gladwell on his shelf, and Lorin Stein has a copy of John Jeremiah Sullivan’s Pulphead on his. The complex dynamics of influence are on display as much as the volumes themselves. “These are conversations between books and readers that would be hard to envision taking place anywhere else,” La Force writes.

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