The lengthy and glorious blurb on the back of BY THE BOOK will make any book lover giddy with anticipation for all that awaits inside. But really, it's those last two lines that really made my inner book nerd swoon: "If you are a devoted reader, BY THE BOOK is a way to invite sixty-five of the most interesting guests into your world. It's a book party not to be missed."
In case you didn't know, BY THE BOOK is part of the New York Times Book Review - it's debut column was on Sunday, April 15, 2012 and featured David Sedaris. In her BY THE BOOK column, Pamela Paul interviews novelists, historians, short story writers, and artists. All the interviews contain many of the same questions - so it's neat to see similarities and differences in responses - but she always
changes her questions up a bit to make things interesting from week to week and also to ask relevant questions to specific people.
At first I thought BY THE BOOK would be a book I would dip into, read a few interviews and then pick up something else to read. However, once I got started, I had trouble putting it down! It's so fun to get the scoop on the reading and writing habits, among other things, of the people Pamela Paul interviewed.
And a most lovely result from reading all the interviews is I discovered a lot of great new
authors and books along the way - my wish list is much longer now!
BY THE BOOK is highly recommended reading for those who love the "books on books" genre.