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Don't know where to start with some authors' work? Dive in with this fun, accessible book that covers classics to comics.
Don't know where to start with some authors' work? Dive in with this fun, accessible book that covers classics to comics.
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What is “Start Here, Vol. 2”?

Start Here, Volume 2 is the second book in a series designed to help readers find their way into authors they’ve been wanting to read but haven’t, because they don’t know where to start. We successfully Kickstarted the first volume in 2012, and the response has been so positive--and the requests from readers so unending--that we’re back to do it again.

You know the feeling: There are so many fantastic authors and great books out there that sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin.

Say you’ve always wanted to read something by William Faulkner. You probably know a bunch of his books: The Sound and the Fury; As I Lay Dying; Light in August; Absalom, Absalom! Maybe you’ve even come close to buying one. But every time you think about it, there’s that big question:

Which should you read first?

Start Here solves that problem. It tells you how to read your way into 25 amazing authors from a wide range of genres--children’s books to classics, contemporary fiction to graphic novels. Each chapter presents an author, explains why you might want to try them, and lays out a 3-4 book reading sequence designed to help you experience fully what they have to offer. It’s a fun, accessible, informative way to enrich your reading life.

Start Here, Vol. 2 will be available both as an ebook (compatible with Kindles, iPads, Nooks, and a variety of other devices) and as a printed edition.

Who is writing “Start Here”?

Start Here will be written by a wide array of writers, critics, and bloggers who bring not only their expertise but also their passion for these authors. This combination of passion and expertise is at the heart of Start Here. Passion without expertise is unhelpful, and expertise without passion is uninspiring.

What Authors Will Be Covered?

Some of them we’ve already planned, some we’re still planning, and some of them we’ll ask for your help in selecting.

Here are some we know we are going to include: Jennifer Egan, William Faulkner, Anne Carson, Ursula K. LeGuin, David Mitchell, Toni Morrison, Alan Moore, John Green, and Philip Roth.

Here are a few we’re thinking about: Salman Rushdie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Willa Cather, Nadine Gordimer, John Updike, Edith Wharton, and others.

Who’s on your wish list?

Where's the money going?

The proceeds will cover:

  • editorial costs (compensation for contributors and behind-the-scenes work, software for book creation, legal fees, licensing)
  • promotional costs (cover design, PR and marketing, special giveaway items)
  • rewards & shipping (including print edition)
  • admin fees to Kickstarter and Amazon.

What if you exceed your initial funding goal?

Once we meet our target, we’ll add a second goal and five more chapters. If we meet that, we’ll add another five chapters and another goal. Basically, your support will determine if the book exists and how many authors will be covered.

Who Are You Guys?

Book Riot is a community dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading should be just as diverse as books and readers are. So, sometimes we are serious, and sometimes we’re silly. Some of our writers are pros. Many of them aren’t. We like a good list just as much as we like a good review. We think you can like both J.K. Rowling and J.M. Coetzee and that there are smart, funny, and informative things to say about both, and that you shouldn’t have to choose.

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Candidates List

  • Alice Walker
  • Ann Patchett
  • Anne Carson
  • Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Brontes
  • Charles Portis
  • China Mieville
  • D. H. Lawrence
  • Edith Wharton
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • George Orwell
  • Graham Greene
  • Henry James
  • Isaac Asimov
  • J.M. Coetzee
  • John Steinbeck
  • John Updike
  • Jose Saramago
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Nadine Gordimer
  • Octavia Butler
  • Philip Roth
  • Richard Wright
  • Salman Rushdie
  • Tom Robbins
  • Tom Wolfe
  • Willa Cather

Risks and challenges

We successfully Kickstarted the first book in this series. It shipped two months late. We've padded the expected delivery month, providing a more realistic timeline based upon prior experience. Should production delays arise, like Brooklyn again being hit by a once-in-one-hundred-years hurricane, we'll communicate.

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FAQ

  • Alice Munro

    Arthur Miller

    Bernard Malamud

    Charles Dickens

    Colson Whitehead

    Cormac McCarthy

    David Foster Wallace

    E.M. Forster

    Edgar Allan Poe

    Ernest Hemingway

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Haruki Murakami

    Herman Melville

    Italo Calvino

    Jane Austen

    John Irving

    Margaret Atwood

    Neil Gaiman

    Philip K Dick

    Ray Bradbury

    Richard Russo

    Sherman Alexie

    Stephen King

    Zadie Smith

    Zora Neale Hurston

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    ebooks of START HERE, Vol. 2 and Vol. 1 for you, plus 3 gift ebooks of START HERE, Vol. 2 for 3 friends of your choice: you provide the emails, we send the ebooks on your behalf. You and your friends will have a TBR "WHOA-athon."

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    ebooks of START HERE, Vol. 2 and Vol. 1 for you, plus 3 gift ebooks of START HERE, Vol. 2 and Vol. 1 for 3 friends of your choice: you provide the emails, we send the ebooks on your behalf. You and your friends can bathe in ALL the books!

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