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The Bibliophile's Devotional
365 Days of Literary Classics

by Hallie Ephron


Bibliophile's Devotional contains a book-a-day for a year. This is a preview of 365 books, one-a-day handpicked by Ephron to "nourish the book lover in all of you. Some are classics others may become classics." (to quote Ephron)

The subjects run the gamut from history (A Stillness at Appomattox) to politics (All the President's Men) to mystery (The Woman in White) to biography (John Adams) to war (From Here to Eternity) to fantasy (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) to adventure (Captain Blood) to poetry (The Wasteland) and more.

Each segment contains a synopsis, a bit about the author, awards, and commentary.

I found this book an engrossing one. I found myself making lists: a list of books I had read and now wanted to read again (where will I find the time?) (Captain Blood, The Count of Monte Cristo, Rebecca, David Copperfield); and a list of those I had missed in the past: (Atonement, The Color Purple, O Pioneers, On The Road) (where is that time again?) and maybe some day War and Peace.

I was amazed at how few of the "days" I hadn't read.

This is a book with never-ending pleasure. Just to read those 365 entries is to browse through your friendly library. I did not confine myself to reading a book a day. I couldn't resist turning from day to day until I had spent the whole year with these classics. This has been like becoming reacquainted with friends almost forgotten.

Everyone's library should have a copy of this.

The Book

Adams Media
Oct 18 2009
Nonfiction / reference
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Barbara Buhrer
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