Sandra Newman, author of The Western Lit Survival Kit, on tour January 2012

Posted By on October 17, 2011

About The Western Lit Survival Kit: An Irreverent Guide to the Classics, from Homer to Faulkner

Paperback: 304 pages

Publisher: Gotham (January 3, 2012)

A side-splitting tour that makes it a blast to read the Western literary canon, from the ancient Greeks to the Modernists.

To many, the Great Books evoke angst: the complicated Renaissance dramas we bluffed our way through in college, the dusty Everyman’s Library editions that look classy on the shelf but make us feel guilty because they’ve never been opened. On a mission to restore the West’s great works to their rightful place (they were intended to be entertaining!), Sandra Newman has produced a reading guide like no other. Beginning with Greek and Roman literature, she takes readers through hilarious detours and captivating historical tidbits on the road to Modernism. Along the way, we find parallels between Rabelais and South Park, Jane Austen and Sex and the City, Jonathan Swift and Jon Stewart, uncovering the original humor and riskiness that propelled great authors to celebrity.

Packed with pop culture gems, stories of literary hoaxes, ironic day jobs for authors, bad reviews of books that would later become classics, and more.

About Sandra Newman

Sandra Newman is the author of the novels Cake and The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done, and a memoir, Changeling.  She is the co-author of How Not to Write a Novel and Read This Next.  Newman lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Sandra Newman’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS: 

Monday, January 2nd:  Sophisticated Dorkiness

Tuesday, January 3rd:  Chaotic Compendiums

Wednesday, January 4th:  DBC Reads

Thursday, January 5th:  Book Hooked Blog

Friday, January 6th:  Bibliophiliac

Monday, January 9th:  Bibliosue

Tuesday, January 10th:  Unabridged Chick

Wednesday, January 11th:  The 3 R’s Blog

Thursday, January 12th:  Library of Clean Reads

Friday, January 13th:  Books Distilled

Monday, January 16th:  Lit and Life

Tuesday, January 17th:  Shooting Stars Mag

Wednesday, January 18th:  Luxury Reading

Thursday, January 19th:  Joyfully Retired

Friday, January 20th:  Book Snob

Monday, January 23rd:  Ted Lehmann’s Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms 

Tuesday, January 24th:  Sarah Reads Too Much

Wednesday, January 25th:  Literary Musings

Thursday, January 26th:  Between the Covers

 

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