A Delightfully Opinionated Journey Through Bestselling Books
On Sale: September 1, 2007
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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
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.
our favorite (and revealing) topics include:
Repeating the Obvious:
Diet, Wealth, and
* Black and White and Read All Over:
Good and Evil in Bestselling Adventure Novels and
* Soul Train:
* Hopefully Ever After:
Romance and Relationships
* Reading for Redemption:
Trials and Triumphs in Literary Fiction and
* Controversy and Conspiracy in The Da
Explore the nature of what and how we
read-and what it means for our psyches, our society and our
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