Judging a Book by Its Lover: A Field Guide to the Hearts and Minds of Readers Everywhere

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Judging a Book by Its Lover: A Field Guide to the Hearts and Minds of Readers Everywhere

A deftly-blended mixture of earnestness, whimsicality and flat-out snark, Judging a Book by Its Lover is a sideways glance at contemporary book culture, featuring rules for bookstore hookups, how to describe a memoir in a single tweet, and a frightfully-detailed guide on How to Fake It when authors are being discussed and you really didn’t want to read them in the first place — which latter, incidentally, is placed after her tale of David Foster Wallace-inflicted woe. There’s also a handy guide to stereotyping fans of various authors: fans of Dan Brown, for instance, are “people who used to get lost in supermarkets when they were kids.” Author Lauren Leto cofounded Texts from Last Night, and later got a book out of it; I conclude that she has perhaps more grasp of the Zeitgeist than she ever really wanted.