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Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust Rediscoveries #PLA12

Photo from AmazonNancy Pearl has the power to bring things back from the dead.

Well, at least, if those things are books, and if by ‘dead’ one means out of print.

I had the chance to attend her luncheon today at PLA where she introduced her latest project. It is called ‘Book Lust Rediscoveries,’ and it is, to quote the handy flyer I received on my way out, ‘a series devoted to reprinting some of the best (and now out of print) novels originally published between 1960 and 2000.’

Don’t we all have at least one title on our shelves whose condition and/or appearance we lament but just can’t bring ourselves to weed because it’s too good not to have? Imagine being able to order a shiny new copy with new cover art, an introduction by Nancy Pearl, and a readers guide with discussion questions for book clubs!

Luncheon guests were treated to ARC copies of the first two titles –  A Gay and Melancholy Sound, by Merle Miller and After Life, by Rhian Ellis.

Although the first wave of these titles are adult novels, children’s books are also being considered. (Nancy Pearl encouraged us all to e-mail her our suggestions at

What would you bring back?


  1. Sigrid

    One of my favorite picture books for reading aloud: “Big Bad Bunny” by Alan Durant!

  2. Beverly Michaels

    Two titles I especially like are _The Trip to Panama_ by Janosch ( and _Harvey’s Hideout_ by Russell Hoban (

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