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March 12, 2009

Looking for a great conversation-starter or just looking for a new book? Check out “The 25 Most Powerful Books of the Past 25 Years” cover story in the March/April issue from our friends at mental_floss magazine, the quirky publication that blurs the lines between education and entertainment.

Rosemary Ahern, a twenty-year veteran of the New York publishing industry, has written a compelling piece that lives up to the promise of its title and is guaranteed to get book-lovers everywhere talking. Her selections include books by brand-name authors and literary lions such as Tom Wolfe (The Bonfire of the Vanities) and Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) to titles such as How Proust Can Change Your Life or The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle that might not immediately come to mind (unless you are a BookCrosser.)

Of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest (1,079 pages), Ms. Ahern writes: “It may be too soon to fully understand the full impact of Infinite Jest, but with each passing year, the world David Foster Wallace described seems more and more to be the world we are living in.”

The washingtonpost.com called Ms. Ahern’s article “everything you want in a list of books: quirky, daring, provocative and sometimes outrageous.”


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