My Life in Middlemarch

8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9½ hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781482973532. $76; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. BIOG
OrangeReviewStarIn her charming bibliomemoir, Mead (One Perfect Day) illustrates the power of great literature, revealing how a lifetime of reading George Eliot's Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life has influenced, and even transformed, her life. First released in serial format in 1871, Mary Ann Evans's—Eliot was a pen name—classic tale of 19th-century English country life features a diverse cast of characters and themes. When British-born Mead first read Middlemarch as a teenager, she immediately identified with those characters, who longed to escape provincial life. As Mead read and reread Middlemarch throughout her life, she found it always had something new and relevant to say to her.
VERDICT Rich with information about Eliot's life and work and beautifully read by Kate Reading, this title will delight Eliot enthusiasts, contemporary memoir fans, and those who enjoy "books about reading books." ["Even the reader who has never heard of George Eliot will find Mead's crisp, exacting prose absorbing and thought-provoking," read the starred review of the Crown hc, LJ 12/13.]
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