To celebrate the one year anniversary of the online journal The Second Pass, founder John Williams has published short essays by readers, asking them “to recommend their favorite out-of-print book.”
His post reminds us of an often neglected side of book reviewing–helping readers find neglected books. The excellent list includes Killings by Calvin Trillin; Love is the Heart of Everything: Correspondence Between Vladimir Mayakovsky and Lili Brik edited by Bengt Jangfeldt; and Tropisms by Nathalie Sarraute.
Add your suggestions in the comments section. Here’s more from the post: “one of my main goals was to approach reading the way that readers do, not necessarily the way that publishers and even many other reviews do. Publishers naturally want to tell you about what’s new or what’s evergreen. But most readers know the pleasure of somehow discovering and falling in love with a book that has fallen from view. And no status is farther from view than the dreaded ‘out of print.”