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

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"When I have a little money, I buy books. And if any is left, I buy food and clothing."--Desiderius Erasmus

Those who share Erasmus's love of those curious bundles of paper bound together between hard or soft covers know exactly how he felt. These are the people who can spend hours browsing through a bookstore, completely oblivious not only to the passage of time but to everything else around them, the people for whom buying books is a necessity, not a luxury. A Passion for Books is a celebration of that love, a...

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

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Overview

"When I have a little money, I buy books. And if any is left, I buy food and clothing."--Desiderius Erasmus

Those who share Erasmus's love of those curious bundles of paper bound together between hard or soft covers know exactly how he felt. These are the people who can spend hours browsing through a bookstore, completely oblivious not only to the passage of time but to everything else around them, the people for whom buying books is a necessity, not a luxury. A Passion for Books is a celebration of that love, a collection of sixty classic and contemporary essays, stories, lists, poems, quotations, and cartoons on the joys of reading, appreciating, and collecting books.

This enriching collection leads off with science-fiction great Ray Bradbury's Foreword, in which he remembers his penniless days pecking out Fahrenheit 451 on a rented typewriter, conjuring up a society so frightened of art that it burns its books. This struggle--financial and creative--led to his lifelong love of all books, which he hopes will cosset him in his grave, "Shakespeare as a pillow, Pope at one elbow, Yeats at the other, and Shaw to warm my toes. Good company for far-travelling."

Booklovers will also find here a selection of writings by a myriad of fellow sufferers from bibliomania. Among these are such contemporary authors as Philip Roth, John Updike, Umberto Eco, Robertson Davies, Nicholas Basbanes, and Anna Quindlen; earlier twentieth-century authors Chris-topher Morley, A. Edward Newton, Holbrook Jackson, A.S.W. Rosenbach, William Dana Orcutt, Robert Benchley, and William Targ; and classic authors such as Michel de Montaigne, Gustave Flaubert, Petrarch, and Anatole France.

Here also are entertaining and humorous lists such as the "Ten Best-Selling Books Rejected by Publishers Twenty Times or More," the great books included in Clifton Fadiman and John Major's New Lifetime Reading Plan, Jonathan Yardley's "Ten Books That Shaped the American Character," "Ten Memorable Books That Never Existed," "Norman Mailer's Ten Favorite American Novels," and Anna Quindlen's "Ten Big Thick Wonderful Books That Could Take You a Whole Summer to Read (but Aren't Beach Books)."

Rounding out the anthology are selections on bookstores, book clubs, and book care, plus book cartoons, and a specially prepared "Bibliobibliography" of books about books.

Whether you consider yourself a bibliomaniac or just someone who likes to read, A Passion for Books will provide you with a lifetime's worth of entertaining, informative, and pleasurable reading on your favorite subject--the love of books.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Rabinowitz (Pushing the Envelope: Airplanes of the Jet Age) and Kaplan (an editor at HarperCollins) have put together a delightfully eclectic collection of anecdotes, stories, essays, humor, cartoons, quotes, and lists written by writers, critics, booksellers, and book collectors, as well as by the editors themselves. The material speaks not to the activity of reading but rather to the pleasure derived from choosing, holding, and having books. This subject matter makes the work truly unique. Book collectors will smile and nod in agreement again and again as their obsession is legitimized by everyone from Christopher Morley to Ray Bradbury to Norman Mailer to Petrarch. (Umberto Eco's "How To Organize a Public Library" should be required reading in all MLS programs.) A "Bibliobibliography" is provided. This superbly edited collection is highly recommended for all libraries.--Angela M. Weiler, SUNY Libs. at Morrisville Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Two publishing industry veterans collect 60 classic and modern musings on the joys and perils of bibliomania. They include book care tips, resources, "The Ten Best-Selling Books Rejected by Publishers Twenty Times or More," cartoons, a bibliobibliography, and a foreword by Ray Bradbury who wrote of book-burning in . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307419668
  • Publisher: Crown/Archetype
  • Publication date: 12/18/2007
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 655,806
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Harold Rabinowitz is director of the book packaging firm The Reference Works and has served as executive editor of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology and science editor of the Encyclopedia Americana. He is the author of books on the history of aviation, on the Old West, and in Judaica. He lives with his family and library in Riverdale, New York.

Rob Kaplan has held senior-level editorial positions with several major New York-based publishing houses and currently heads his own literary services firm, Rob Kaplan Associates. He lives with his family and more than four thousand books in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.


From the Hardcover edition.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: A Passion for Books
In a Second-Hand Bookshop 3
Unpacking My Library 4
The Ritual 13
How to Get Started in the Book Business 19
"Look Who's Been Remaindered Now" 26
Ten Best-Selling Books Rejected by Publishers Twenty or More Times 27
Lending Books 28
On the Return of a Book Lent to a Friend 32
Welcome Home Borrowed Book 33
How to Justify a Private Library 34
How to Organize a Public Library 37
Samuel Pepys's Library 40
Pillow Books 43
The New Lifetime Reading Plan 49
Comfort Found in Good Old Books 55
The Collector 62
Bibliomania 64
"All the Friedrich Nietzsche You'll Ever Need" 77
Bibliomania 78
The Book Action 80
From Areopagitica 88
Books Unread 89
Ten Books That Shaped the American Character 94
Books That Changed America 96
The Commerce of Reading 98
Book Collecting 102
"Holy Cow!" 110
Bibliomaniacs 111
They Don't Call It a Mania for Nothing 122
Bibliolexicon 134
What Is the Matter with the Bookshop? 135
"Non-Books" 147
Ten Memorable Books That Never Existed 148
The Last of His Race 150
The Perfect Book 163
Books Are the Windows of the Soul 164
How Reading Changed My Life 165
Three by Quindlen 173
Talking of Old Books 175
Potch 196
"Damn It! Wait Your Turn!" 205
A Good Time to Start a Book Club 206
Invasion of the Book Envelopes 217
"And to Some People We Might Not Sell It at Any Price" 220
My Friends 221
Norman Mailer's Ten Favorite American Novels 222
W. Somerset Maugham's Ten Greatest Novels 223
The Bible Through the Ages 224
Aldus Manutius 240
Benjamin Franklin's Epitaph 256
The Collector 257
The Newark Public Library 278
Why Does Nobody Collect Me? 281
How Not to Care for Books 286
On Reading and Collecting 297
How to Care for Books 313
Fifteen Books We Would Memorize If We Were the "Living Books" Characters in Ray Bradbury's Novel Fahrenheit 451 321
"I Just Like to Be in Their Presence Occasionally" 323
The "100" Game: 100 Greatest Novels in the English Language 325
The "100" Game: Top 100 English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century 334
91 Chambers Street 337
Bibliobibliography - Books About Books: A Selection 343
Permission Acknowledgments 351
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2000

    The Best Book for Bibliophiles

    If you love books then this should be in your collection. I found nearly all of the selections very intriguing as I am a bibliophile(book lover) myself. Buy this and experience a little Bibliomania!

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