BooksWill Manley writes a column for the American Library Association's Booklist. Unfortunately, it is entitled "The Manley Arts," but don't let that deter you. His musings --- on writing, on books, in the internet, on his growing up --- are measured and stately, the literary essay at its best.
For those who care for books, Booklist is well worth subscribing to. It is different than the other pre-publication magazines --- those that list upcoming new titles --- like Publishers Weekly and Kirkus which are mired in the Manhattan Literary Marching and Chowder Society, in incestual lock-step telling us who is In and who is Out.
Booklist, on the other hand, comes out of Chicago, is geared to the intelligent librarian, and is independent, sometimes a bit dry, but decidedly comprehensive.
Recently, Manley wrote a column in which he asked readers to send in the names of the five books that had moved or changed or affected them the most. We made up the following list for him.
Note: Click on the title for a brief reading.