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Biblioholism, Revised Edition: The Literary Addiction
     

Biblioholism, Revised Edition: The Literary Addiction

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by Tom Raabe
 

Have you ever ... Awakened, the morning after a book-buying spree, unable to remember how many books you bought or how much you spent? Been reprimanded or fired for reading on the job? Had to sit down with your family to discuss your book-buying and reading habits? You are not alone. Your complete recovery awaits you--just buy one more book!

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Have you ever ... Awakened, the morning after a book-buying spree, unable to remember how many books you bought or how much you spent? Been reprimanded or fired for reading on the job? Had to sit down with your family to discuss your book-buying and reading habits? You are not alone. Your complete recovery awaits you--just buy one more book!

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Booknews
Book lovers will enjoy Raabe's outrageous ploys and solutions to excessive book acquisition mingled among the true accounts of famous bibliophiles. His book parodies the self-help genre; fellow sufferer Raabe writes to help the reader cope with (rather than attempt to recover from) their addiction. There are notes and bibliography, but no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555912406
Publisher:
Fulcrum Publishing
Publication date:
04/30/2001
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
9 Years

Meet the Author

Tom Raabe, a dedicated biblioholic, has taught Yankee sports to Australian high schoolers and worked for newpapers in Portland, Maine, and San Diego. In his book-free days, he was still able to travel and visited Indonesia, Singapore, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, and Europe. For the last few years he has worked as a freelance editor and writer in Denver.

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Biblioholism, Revised Edition: The Literary Addiction 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ThePolyBlog More than 1 year ago
PLOT OR PREMISE: A mixed-tone argument that you can be "addicted" to reading and owning books, with some examples of book hoarders from years-gone-by. . WHAT I LIKED: There are some really good "humour" lists, kind of like a Letterman top ten list for: - Moving when you have a lot of books; - A Biblioholic's test (how big is your problem); - The snobbish Discovery Index (I knew the author when..); - Reading in restaurants; - Latin explanations of literary taste: "De gustibus non est disputandum" -- Everyone to their own non-disputable tastes; and, - Ten Commandments for the Book Handler. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The author can't seem to decide what the book is -- a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek ode to book hoarders everywhere or a serious tome about an actual mental illness. The book starts out with a light-hearted look at those who feel an overwhelming urge to buy books i.e. "biblioholics". By the end, however, he treats it like a real mental illness that requires awareness and treatment. Either approach could work, but bouncing between one and the other wears out really fast. Perhaps this would have been better as a collection of small articles for a small newspaper, and even then, in dire need of an editor to give it better focus and less repetition. But even in a series of newspaper articles, I suspect the reader would tire of the subject matter very quickly -- the metaphor is dragged out far past its prime. . BOTTOM-LINE: Well-researched, but yawn… . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a biblioholic, I'm happy to have another book to place on my shelves. The only downside is that getting the revised edition autographed, as Tom did with my copy of the original. I appreciate the book's humor and historical perspective, along with an understanding of and sympathy for those whose book-related behavior certainly flows from possible mental or emotional illness. Also, Tom provides practical advice on getting new volumes into one's home, past the prying eyes and disappointing expressions of one's family. Being able to point to an established expert in the field likewise helps me find justification for my purchases, whether Marvel graphic novels or new theological tomes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is vaguely humorous. It provided an hour or so of mild entertainment on a rainy day and then it was returned to the library. Plus the book type is quite small.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the first few chapters had funny parts to it. I can certainly relate and identify myself as a true bookaholic. I confess....and don't mind my addiction. Although it is expensive habbit. Heck, I can think of worse things to be addicted to. This is a good book to read if you are a true certified book nut. I welcome any reader who feels that they share my addiction to write to me. I like talking about books with people who enjoy them. Read on.....