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March 19, 2014

Today's Featured Title and Contest March 19, 2014

This Special Newsletter spotlights a book coming out this spring that we know people will be talking about over the next few months. Read more about it, and enter our Spring Preview Contest by Thursday, March 20th at noon ET for a chance to win one of five copies of THE SHELF: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading by Phyllis Rose, which releases on May 13th. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Today's Featured Book and Contest: THE SHELF: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading, by Phyllis Rose

Can you have an Extreme Adventure in a library? Phyllis Rose casts herself into the wilds of an Upper East Side lending library in an effort to do just that. Hoping to explore the “real ground of literature,” she reads her way through a somewhat randomly chosen shelf of fiction, from LEQ to LES.

The shelf has everything Rose could wish for --- a classic she has not read, a remarkable variety of authors, and a range of literary styles. The early 19th-century Russian classic A HERO OF OUR TIME by Mikhail Lermontov is spine by spine with THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by Gaston Leroux. Stories of French Canadian farmers sit beside those about aristocratic Austrians. California detective novels abut a picaresque novel from the 17th century. There are several novels by a wonderful, funny, contemporary novelist who has turned to raising dogs because of the tepid response to her work.

In THE SHELF, Rose investigates the books on her shelf with exuberance, candor and wit while pondering the many questions her experiment raises and measuring her discoveries against her own inner shelf --- those texts that accompany us through life. “Fairly sure that no one in the history of the world has read exactly this series of novels,” she sustains a sense of excitement as she creates a refreshingly original and generous portrait of the literary enterprise.

THE SHELF releases on May 13th.

-Click here to read more about the book.

Click here to enter the contest by noon ET on Thursday, March 20th.

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