Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World

Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World

by Lawrence Goldstone, Nancy Goldstone
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Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World by Lawrence Goldstone, Nancy Goldstone

Journey into the world of book collecting with the Goldstones-rediscover the joy of reading, laugh, and fall in love with books all over again.

The idea that books had stories associated with them that had nothing to do with the stories inside them was new to us. We had always valued the history, the world of ideas contained between the covers of a book or, as in the case of The Night Visitor, some special personal significance. Now, for the first time, we began to appreciate that there was a history and a world of ideas embodied by the books themselves. Part travel story, part love story, and part memoir, Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone's Used and Rare provides a delightful love letter to book lovers everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312187682
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/28/1998
Edition description: REV
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,259,549
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Lawrence Goldstone's first novel, Rights, won a New American Writing Award. He has written for the Advocate and teaches creative writing at New York University.

Nancy Goldstone has written articles for the New York Times, Washington Post Magazine, the Boston Herald, Lear's, the Boston Phoenix, and the New York Daily News, as well as several novels, including The Lady Queen. The Goldstones live in Westport, Connecticut.

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Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a curious book, with a gentle, evolutionary structure that makes it interesting on several levels. On the surface, it is an account of a couple learning to buy old books in an intelligent, informed way. At the same time, though, it is a portrait of the used book business -- with names, places, and lots of extended direct quotes. The Goldstones take you along on their oddesy in a very chummy style, but I mistrust their long quotes from dealers they met along the way. The story is about the people who sell books as much as it is about the books themselves, and the authors present some of them in extremely unflattering ways -- complete with names, store names, and quoted conversation. Did they record these chats, or make copious notes on leaving the store? Or did they parapharse the gist of what somebody had said a year or two before? The quotes (as quotes often do) bring the text to life, adding depth and drama, but I wonder what was actually said. Regardless, it is an entertaining story that induced my wife and me to trot off to a used book store on a Sunday afternoon, where we spent too much money on old volumes, followed by a romantic lunch ... just like in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent "book about books."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"What's up with your arm?" Scar sat across from him, criss-crossed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*he sighs, sitting* The wings of a broken eagle continue to soar through shattered skies...
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book to learn more about book collecting and its history. The authors' wonderful writing style instantly puts you and ease and it was wonderful to sit back and enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An exceptionally interesting book, it made me want to start my own library today. If you enjoy books, reading, collecting, or strange characters check this out!