About this item

Imagine keeping a record of every book you ever read. What would those titles say about you? With humor and warmth, the editor of The New York Times Book Review shares the stories that have shaped her lifeFor twenty-eight years, Pamela Paul has been keeping a diary that records the books she reads, rather than the life she leads. Or does it? Over time, it s become clear that this Book of Books, or Bob, as she calls him, tells a much bigger story. For Paul, as for many readers, books reflect her inner life her fantasies and hopes, her dreams and ideas. And her life, in turn, influences which books she chooses, whether for solace or escape, diversion or self-reflection, information or entertainment. My Life with Bob isn t about what s in those books; it s about about the relationship between books and readers. Bob was with her when she struggled to get through the Norton Anthology of English Literature in college and when she read Anna Karenina while living abroad alone. He was there when she fell in love and much needed when she sought solace in self-help and memoirs like Autobiography of a Face. Through marriage and divorce, remarriage (The Master and Margarita) and parenthood (The Hunger Games) , professional setbacks and successes, Bob recorded what she read while all that happened. The diary now coffee-stained and frayed is the record of a lifelong love affair with books, and has come to mean more to her than any other material possession. My Life with Bob is a testament to the power of books to provide the perspective, courage, companionship, and ultimately self-knowledge to forge our own path. "



About the Author

Pamela Paul

Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Times. She is an award-winning author and journalist who has written for The Atlantic, Time, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, and Vogue. She is a former columnist for The Economist and Worth magazine.
Her first book, The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony, was named one of the best books of 2002 by The Washington Post; her second book, Pornified, was named one of the best books of 2005 by The San Francisco Chronicle. Her third book, Parenting, Inc., an investigation of the childrearing business and the commercialization of early childhood, was published in 2008. Her fourth book, "By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life" was published in 2015. Her most recent book is "My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues."
A graduate of Brown University, Paul began her writing career as a London- and New York-based correspondent for The Economist, where for four years she wrote a monthly column on world arts trends, and contributed film, theatre, and book reviews. She was previously a senior editor for American Demographics magazine, where she wrote about political opinion, and social, media and demographic trends.
Paul has been a guest on Oprah, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Early Show, and Politically Incorrect, and has made regular appearances on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. She also speaks frequently on National Public Radio. She has testified about her work before Congress and presented her research to Parliament, and is a frequent public speaker at universities, conferences and other venues. Paul has lived in London, Paris, and Chiang Mai, and currently lives with her family in New York.



Read Next Recommendation

Discuss with your friends


Report incorrect product information.