Book Reviews of A Passion for Books : A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Love and Lists on Collecting, Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books

A Passion for Books : A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Love and Lists on Collecting, Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books
A Passion for Books A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories Essays Humor Love and Lists on Collecting Reading Borrowing Lending Caring for and Appreciating Books
Author: Rob Kaplan
ISBN-13: 9780812931136
ISBN-10: 0812931130
Publication Date: 1/23/2001
Pages: 384
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3.6 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Excellent book filled with both modern and historic essays on the nature of book hoarding, collecting, shopping and anecdotes.
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As a book & reading fanatic, this wonderful volume has become one of my favorite and most re-read books. It's a collection of book collecting & reading essays (including two by Umberto Eco!), a few poems, a few "best of" lists (including Clifton Fadiman's Lifetime Reading Plans selections) and some great comics. Some of my favorites include "Unpacking My Library" by Walter Benjamin, where he shares his ritual of how he buys books, enters them into his database and organizes them on his shelf- it actually reminded me a lot of what I do. :) I also loved the short history of the "Book of the Month Club" by one of its founders, and lists like W. Somerset Maugham's top 10 favorite novels. If you enjoy reading about books, enjoy book collecting as much or almost as much as reading, you will love this book.

"In A Second-Hand Bookshop" by Christopher Morley

What waits me on the shelves? I cannot guess,

But feel the sure forebodings; there will cry

A voice of human laughter and distress

A word that no one needs as much as I.

For always where old books are sold and bought

There comes a twinge of dreadful subtlety-

These words were actual, and they were thought

By someone who was once alive, like me.