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A girl’s got to read, this all Clutchettes know. So, to help navigate the ever-expanding world of books, Uptown Literati is here to provide a weekly reading list. We’re a fresh, book blog for cool girls and great reads (check us out on our site [uptownliterati.com] and we’ll be dishing on what you need to be reading now: classic tomes, sassy fiction, juicy tell-alls and every type of paperback in between. Happy reading!

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Who: Some of the most diligent and thought-provoking writers, poets, and autobiographers of the 20th and 21st century.

What: The much-lauded literary magazine The Paris Review presents its latest collection, The Paris Review: Interviews IV. In this series, editors speak with iconic writers and poets to present mini-biographies that humbly masquerade as brief interviews. Maya Angelou’s interview with the late editor of The Paris Review, George Plimpton, is one of the highlights in this collection as Angelou explains her deep love for the expressive and versatile nature of the English language. Angelou reveals with candid simplicity that she writes for herself as well as “that reader who will pay dues”, that reader who will burrow under the surface of the work and fight to know its deeper truth.

Why: If you’re excited by the idea of getting into a writer or poet’s thoughts, this collection is a deep and critical must-read for those looking to examine the landscape that writing has claimed over the century. The Paris Review entices from the first page with an introduction by an excitable Salman Rushdie, author of the notorious The Satanic Verses, among other works. Become stimulated by interviews that date as far back as the inaugural issue of The Paris Review in 1953 with William Styron, Ezra Pound, Maya Angelou, V.S. Naipaul, Phillip Roth, and many others who you may soon find filling niches on your bookshelf.

Rating: 4.5 stars

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