My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead audiobook

My Life in Middlemarch

By Rebecca Mead
Read by Kate Reading

Blackstone Publishing 9780307984760


Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781482973556

  • ISBN: 9781482973532

  • ISBN: 9781482973549

Runtime: 9.63 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English



A 2014 New York Times Editor’s Choice

A Literary Hub Pick of the Best Memoirs of the Decade

Nominated for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Autobiography/Memoir

A Library Journal Best Book of 2014

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014

A BookPage Best Book of 2014

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, February 2014

A BookRiot Pick of the Month

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, January 2014

A New Yorker writer revisits the seminal book of her youth—Middlemarch—and fashions a singular, involving story of how a passionate attachment to a great work of literature can shape our lives and help us to read our own histories.

Rebecca Mead was a young woman in an English coastal town when she first read George Eliot's Middlemarch, regarded by many as the greatest English novel. After gaining admission to Oxford and moving to the United States to become a journalist, through several love affairs, then marriage, and family, Mead read and reread Middlemarch. The novel, which Virginia Woolf famously described as "one of the few English novels written for grown-up people," offered Mead something that modern life and literature did not.

In this wise and revealing work of biography, reportage, and memoir, Rebecca Mead leads us into the life that the book made for her, as well as the many lives the novel has led since it was written. Employing a structure that deftly mirrors that of the novel, My Life in Middlemarch takes the themes of Eliot's masterpiece—the complexity of love, the meaning of marriage, the foundations of morality, and the drama of aspiration and failure—and brings them into our world. Offering both a fascinating reading of Eliot's biography and an exploration of the way aspects of Mead's life uncannily echo that of the author herself, My Life in Middlemarch is for every ardent lover of literature who cares about why we read books, and how they read us.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A perfectly composed offering of literary love and self-observation.” Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A wise, humane, and delightful study of what some regard as the best novel in English.” Harold Bloom, New York Times bestselling author
“A wonderfully intelligent exploration of a great novel and its great author.” Margot Livesey, New York Times bestselling author
“A thoroughly engaging mix of memoir and biography…If you haven’t ever read Middlemarch, Mead’s lucid writing will send you straight to the bookstore. A-” Entertainment Weekly
“Beguilingly straightforward, resolutely orthodox, and unshowy account…A poignant testimony to the abiding power of fiction.” New York Times Book Review
“Mead’s middle-aged rediscovery of Middlemarch—and her insights into Eliot’s rich middle age—is not to be missed.Atlantic
“Beautifully conveys  the excitement of living in a novel, of knowing its characters as if they breathed.” Bookforum
“A rare and remarkable fusion of techniques that draws two women together across time and space.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The wonderful Kate Reading is the ideal narrator for this quintessentially British audiobook. She’s a master of intonation and offers the most lovely of accents to enliven this unusual text.” AudioFile
“Deeply satisfying…Brings to vivid life the profound engagement that she and all devoted readers experience with a favorite novel over a lifetime.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Mead demonstrates through her own story how literature can change and transform lives.” Library Journal (starred review)
“[Mead] performs an exhilarating, often surprising close reading of the novel…and she takes a fresh look at Eliot’s daringly unconventional life.’ Booklist (starred review)
“This book is probably the reason I first read Middlemarch…I thought the book was marvelously researched, and full of useful tidbits about the context of the world Middlemarch came from.” BookRiot
“Marvelous.” Michael Gorra, author of Portrait of a Novel
My Life in Middlemarch is both unclassifiable and irresistible: a smart, absorbing glimpse into two lives—George Eliot’s and Rebecca Mead’s—as well as a lively meditation on Middlemarch. Intelligent, insightful, and generous in her judgments, Mead is a delightful guide—winsome and engaging.” Adelle Waldman, author of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.




Author Bio: Rebecca Mead

Author Bio: Rebecca Mead

Rebecca Mead is a staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 9.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English