Washington Post Book Critic Jonathan Yardley discusses his new book due for release in June called Second Reading: Notable and Neglected Books Revisited (Europa Editions). Aspen Institute Arts Program Senior Fellow Dana Gioia to moderate.
About Second Reading…
This collection of reviews and reevaluations by Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Jonathan Yardley considers lesser-known works from renowned authors and underappreciated talents, and offers fresh takes on old favorites. Yardley’s reviews of 60 titles include fiction by Gabriel Garcia Márquez, John Cheever, and Henry Fielding; the autobiography of Louis Armstrong; essays by Nora Ephron and Margaret Leach’s history of Washington during the Civil War. Second Readings is also the memoir of a passionate and lifelong reader told through the books that have meant most to him. Playing the part of both reviewer and bibliophile, Yardley takes on Steinbeck and Salinger, explores the southern fiction of Shirley Ann Grau and Eudora Welty, looks into a darker side of Roald Dahl and praises the pulp fiction of William Bradford Huie and the crime novels of John McDonald. Collected from a popular Washington Post column of the same name, Second Readings is an incisive and entertaining look at the career and times of an esteemed critic and the venerable books that shaped him.
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Washington Post Book Critic Jonathan Yardley to discuss his new book due for release in June called ‘Second Reading: Notable and Neglected Books Revisited’ (Europa Editions). Aspen Institute Arts Program Senior Fellow Dana Gioia to moderate.