A collection of sixty classic and contemporary essays, stories, lists, poems, quotations, and cartoons that celebrates the joys of reading, the feeling of spending hours browsing through a bookstore, and the people for whom buying books is a necessity.
Booklovers will find themselves in good company within the pages of A Passion for Books, beginning with science-fiction great Ray Bradbury’s foreword and throughout contributions like– Umberto Eco’s How to Justify a Private Library, dealing with the question everyone with a sizable library is inevitably asked: “Have you read all these books?”; Gustave Flaubert’s Bibliomania, the tale of a book collector so obsessed with owning a book that he is willing to kill to possess it; and Anna Quindlen’s How Reading Changed My Life, in which she shares her optimistic view on the role of reading and the future of books in the computer age.
Interspersed throughout are entertaining lists–Ten Bestselling Books Rejected by Publishers Twenty Times or More, Norman Mailer’s Ten Favorite American Novels and many more– plus select writings on bookstores, book clubs, cartoons about books and a specially prepared “bibliobibliography” of books about books.
Whether you consider yourself a bibliomaniac or just someone who enjoys reading, 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.
Ebook | $11.99
Published by Crown Dec 18, 2007| 384 Pages| ISBN 9780307419668
“This rich offering of musings on books by authors, collectors, and booksellers . . . will remind readers of the consolations and challenges of literature.” –Chicago Tribune
“Rabinowitz and Kaplan 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 . . . This superbly edited collection is highly recommended for all libraries.” –Library Journal