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The Shelves of Yesteryear

Joseph Bottum, unapologetic middlebrow

Jan 31, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 19 • By JOSEPH BOTTUM
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Rachel L. Carson’s The Sea Around Us and John Gunther’s Inside Russia Today. John Steinbeck’s The Winter of Our Discontent and Jean Kerr’s Please Don’t Eat the Daisies. Edwin O’Connor’s The Last Hurrah, for that matter. All gone, from shelves now gone as well. Ah, but never ask, save with a tear, / but where are the bestsellers of yesteryear? 

Joseph Bottum


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