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Michael Pearson

Michael Pearson is professor of Creative Writing at Old Dominion University. He holds degrees from Pennsylvania State University (PhD), University of San Francisco (MA), and Fordham University (BA). Pearson has published a number of books, among them Imagined Places: Journeys into Literary America and Dreaming of Columbus: A Boyhood in the Bronx.


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Reading Life: On Books, Memory, and Travel
By author: Michael Pearson
Product Code: P502
ISBN: 9780881465211
Product Format: Paperback / softback
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $24.00
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A unique blend of memoir, literary appreciation, and travel narrative, Reading Life is a series of interrelated essays tracking the relationship between books and experience, dramatizing and reflecting on how stories lead us into the world, and how we transform that engagement with the world back into personal narrative. A love story about books and travel, Reading Life is, by turns, comic and serious. Chapters shift in tone-from a lyrical quality akin to Adam Gopnik's to a tongue-in-cheek humor reminiscent of Ian Frazier's. The book transports the reader from the high desert landscape of Cather's New Mexico and the rocky coastline of E. B. White's Maine to the pilgrimage paths of Cervantes's Spain and the hallucinogenic heat of Bowles's Morocco. At the heart of Reading Life is the belief that stories are vital to our existence. Pearson invokes the same spirit that Tim O'Brien did in The Things They Carried when he said, "Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story." Books, like travel, compel us to venture into new worlds, to renew our acquaintance with old ones, and, ultimately, to learn how to see. Books are both window and mirror, allowing a view of something deep in us and a glimpse of some distant truth beyond what is familiar and known. Willie Morris, former editor of Harper's, said, "Michael Pearson is one of our nation's finest memoirists."