'Katherine Anne Porter: Collected Stories and Other Writings' ()
Dec 12, 2008 (All Things Considered)
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If reading a story is, as my dear friend the late John Gardner used to say, like falling into a vivid and continuous waking dream, then is giving a book like giving someone a dream?
Giving a book is not something we ought to do blindly. We give books to people we love because we think they will convey something about ourselves, something about the world as we see it or something about the world as we would like it to be. We only have one life to live, but we have so many lives in literature — giving a book remains an extraordinary gift.
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Collected Stories and Other Writings'
Stories, by Doris Lessing, hardcover, 680 pages
Supreme Courtship, by Christopher Buckley, hardcover, 304 pages
'Just After Sunset'
Just After Sunset, by Stephen King, hardcover, 384 pages
Still Alive!: A Temporary Condition, by Herbert Gold, hardcover, 250 pages
'John Lennon: The Life'
John Lennon: The Life, by Philip Norman, hardcover, 822 pages
Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life, by John Adams, hardcover, 352 pages
Dear Darkness, by Kevin Young, hardcover, 216 pages
'Who We Were'See photos excerpted from Who We Were
Birdscapes: A Pop-Up Celebration of Birdsongs in Stereo Sound, by Miyoko Chu, Cronicle Books LLC, 18 pages, List price: $60
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