Inspiring and illuminating what to read and why includes selections culled from proses previous essays reviews and introductions combined with new never before published pieces that focus on her favorite works of fiction and nonfiction on works by masters of the short story and even on books by photographers like diane arbus. An unabashed fan of reading recommends some of her favorite books the prolific literary critic essayist and novelist prose mister monkey 2017 etc follows up reading like a writer 2006 with an eclectic collection of previously published pieces that continue her clarion call for how books can transport and entertain and teach usshe sets the stage for the essays with ten . For comparison i love proses reading like a writer but what to read and why is like its pale third cousin it feels like a random collection of essays which arent particularly compelling or intersectional and the why part is pretty vague. What to read and why by francine prose robin lubbock wbur author and national book award winner francine prose is frequently asked for suggestions of good books to read. What to read and why is a collection of love letters to the art of literature the only impediment to devouring this book is the persistent urge to trade it for the work of one of the writers prose so avidly praises
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