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One for the Books [NOOK Book]

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An absolute must-read for anyone who loves books

In Closing Time, Joe Queenan shared how he became a voracious reader to escape a joyless childhood. Now, like many bibliophiles, he fears for the books that once saved him. In One for the Books, Queenan examines the entire culture of reading and what books really mean in people’s lives today. What does it suggest if a person has no books displayed in his living room? Can an obsession with ...
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Overview

An absolute must-read for anyone who loves books

In Closing Time, Joe Queenan shared how he became a voracious reader to escape a joyless childhood. Now, like many bibliophiles, he fears for the books that once saved him. In One for the Books, Queenan examines the entire culture of reading and what books really mean in people’s lives today. What does it suggest if a person has no books displayed in his living room? Can an obsession with reading prove detrimental to one’s well being? How useful are covers in selling books? Queenan’s many fans—as well as anyone who loves books and reading—will want to join him on his unforgettably funny and moving journey.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Humorist Queenan’s (Closing Time: A Memoir) mordantly funny reflections on his relationships with books will resonate with many avid readers, particularly those burdened by guilt over the number of Great Books they never managed to complete. Many pages display his brilliant wit: “I do not listen to audiobooks, for the same reason that I do not listen to baked ziti; it lacks the personal touch.” But woven around these one-liners are thoughtful musings on the importance of books in the author’s life, including touching anecdotes about projects such as his effort to check out library books that no one has borrowed for five years in order to save the books from disposal. Among the book’s highlights is Queenan’s deft savaging of the sometimes banal “Questions for Discussion” that appear in the reading guides included in books. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
A journalist shares his obsession with books, swinging his machete through the fields of literature. A national columnist and prolific writer, Queenan (Closing Time: A Memoir, 2009) is crazy about books--literally. Even other bibliophiles will likely consider his reading habits to be on the lunatic fringe: "I cannot remember a single time when I was reading fewer than fifteen books…I am talking about books I am actively reading, books that are right there on my nightstand and are not leaving until I'm done with them. Right now, the number is thirty-two." The author admits that this is "madness." Such obsession makes him a promiscuous reader, but also a faithful one, devouring everything he can find from an author he discovers, no matter how obscure or prolific. Since he's sometimes classified as a humorist, and since much of his humor lies in his outrageous assertions, it's hard to tell how seriously to take his dismissal of Middlemarch, Ulysses and all of Thomas Hardy, though plainly he takes books and reading very seriously indeed. Yet he doesn't much care for independent bookstores ("often staffed by condescending prigs who do not approve of people like me. The only writers they like are dead or exotic or Paul Auster"), or book critics ("mostly servile muttonheads, lacking the nerve to call out famous authors for their daft plots and slovenly prose), or book clubs ("I would rather have my eyelids gnawed on by famished gerbils than join a book club"). Queenan also resists the temptation of most book lovers to buy a lot of books, since he figures he won't live long enough to read (or re-read) the ones he's vowed to finish before he dies. Most will agree that "reading is intensely personal," and the author splatters his personality over every page. An amusing homage to reading that contains something to offend even (especially?) the most ardent book lover.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101601198
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/25/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 383,983
  • File size: 614 KB

Meet the Author

Joe Queenan is the author of nine books and writes the “Moving Targets” column for the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Tarrytown, New York.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Great Expectations 1

Chapter 2 Face Without a Name, Bag Without a Number 28

Chapter 3 Opening the Books 58

Chapter 4 Shelf Life 84

Chapter 5 Prepare to Be Astonished 115

Chapter 6 The Stockholm Syndrome 153

Chapter 7 Other Voices, Other Rooms 193

Chapter 8 Life Support 221

Acknowledgments 245

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK!

    This is one of those book you'll be glad you read, wish you had written, and know that you couldn't have in a million years. If you love books, get this one!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2012

    Such a great book. Joe Queenan pushes any reader to want to rea

    Such a great book. Joe Queenan pushes any reader to want to read more and more with each book he discusses in One for the Books. I am in awe of his mind that he can read 40 books at the same time and not have to go back to the beginning! Would love a supplement to this book of "Joe's top 1000 books"...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2014

    Never read Joe Queenan before, and now I want to read everything

    Never read Joe Queenan before, and now I want to read everything of his !  For the true book lover, this is a joy to read.  For those of us who think, "we're the only ones", it is refreshing to find an author whose love of reading has overtaken his life.  But in, oh, so good a way.  Full of humor and charm.  I think most avid readers can see themselves throughout this book.An unexpected delight. 

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  • Posted February 7, 2013

    THIS IS GREAT READING FOR ANY BOOK LOVER. And I am going back to

    THIS IS GREAT READING FOR ANY BOOK LOVER. And I am going back to some of the classics that I have not read in a very long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    O wow best comidy writer my ass!!

    Obviously not that good if im the first to write a review

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