Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller's Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages

Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller's Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages

by Michael Popek


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ISBN-13: 9780399537011
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 8.44(w) x 5.68(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Popek studied literature at Bennington College before rejoining his family's used-book business. He lives and works in Oneonta, New York, with his wife, dog, and cat.

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Forgotten Bookmarks 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Literate.Ninja on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Working at a library, I have found some very interesting things sandwiched between the pages of books (not the least of which was an actual sandwich... that book was sadly unsalvageable). This book gives a wonderful accounting of some of the more pleasant items left in the pages of our favorite tomes, with full-color photographs of the bookmarks, as well as a cover image of the book each item was found in. This book would really work well as a coffee-table piece, as it is filled with interesting pictures and snippets, and is really quite beautifully produced.
AnglersRest on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I first became aware of this book by reading a blog written by someone. I then followed a load of links and eventually was introduced to the book, the website, Facebook page and the twitter feed. I added the book to my Amazon list and my intended next order. The book arrived under the Christmas tree, courtesy of my Mum and I have spent the last couple of months reading the book cover to cover and then delving back into random pages.In short I loved this book! The cover has a "read me" feel to it and once inside, the pages have an old feel to them. This is truly a collection of bits that have been found in random books by the author. Each page is filled with a photograph of the forgotten bookmark, a transcript of it along with a photograph and details of the book it was found in. There is no rhyme or reasoning behind the bookmarks used. Some are photographs, others are recipes and receipts, letters, postcards, beer mats and even a couple of actual bookmarks. The books they were left in are a mix of older books from the late 19th Century up until 2001.These bookmarks are so much more than that. They are snapshots of someone's life, a glimpse into their world, even if for a short time. We have all done it, simply grabbed the nearest thing we could use as a bookmark, rummaged in a handbag,purse or wallet, or perhaps a notebook, even perhaps the corner from a magazine, book, newspaper. I have even been known to use an unused tissue or a square of toilet paper! It isn't just the book these marks were left in, or the mark itself, perhaps it is also where the former reader left the book mark. What was it on that particular page that they found interesting? Or did someone else stumble across the book with the page marked and move the book mark. Whatever the reason or cause this is a great book to disappear into, with pondering and speculation of a previous owner or world we, as readers can never discover.
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Very disappointing...and dull!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Who hasn't found something when reading a book, either from a bookstore, library, etc? Anyway, this was interesting, seeing what was found in a book. Also, catchy title.
RubyslippersCT More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED looking through this book! So many interesting finds. Some sad, some interesting, some funny. I am curious if the author has tried to reunite some of these old letters with family members of some of these people. What a treat that would be! I like how the author included one of his own forgotten bookmarks, and also the research and extra information he found on some. I found the old letters/notes especially fascinating! This is one book I will pick up again and again! I plan to go through my own bookshelves to see if I have any hidden treasures in there! I like how the book was set up. With scanned photos of the "bookmarks", and the covers of the books they were found in. I also liked how they re-wrote some that were difficult to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for anyone who loves books, stories, mysteries and artifacts of times gone by. The author, a used-book seller, has collected a treasure trove of objects found in the books that come in to his shop. The items -- everything from razor blades to old family photos -- are pictured along with the books in which they were found. The book is a companion volume to the author's blog of the same name, but offers many items never before seen on the blog. Fun to page through, or to sit down and spend time with, just like the blog. Makes a great gift!
d_red More than 1 year ago
Cannot wait to get this on Nov. 1 - already preordered! Love the blog! Such interesting items he finds!