- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (28 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1888889616
- ISBN-13: 978-1888889611
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.8 x 19 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,033,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Book Love: A Celebration of Writers, Readers, and the Printed and Bound Book (Literary Companion (Pushcart)) Hardcover – 28 Jun 2011
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About the Author
James Charlton is the editor of The Writer's Quotation Book, The Writer's Home Companion, and other titles. He lives in New York.
Bill Henderson is the founder and editor of the Pushcart Prize. He received the 2006 National Book Critic Circle's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Poets & Writers / Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. He is also the author of several memoirs, including All My Dogs: A Life. The founder of the Lead Pencil Club, Henderson lives in New York.
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One of my favorite genera of books is "Books about Books" and this little book will be welcomed on the shelf along with many others.
It has only 130 pages and will not take a lot of time to read.However;there are over 600 "observations" from Writers,Readers and about Printed and Bound books.
It is fairly well illustrated with B&W illustrations.Three are rather ordinary and by Ron Shepperson;but 14 others are very good,most are almost classics and without names of the illustrators identified.
Probably,the most important paet of this book is the 7 page Prelude or Introduction by Bill Henderson.He addresses the question of e-books .This is a question that is on the minds of all the writers,readers and everyone in the business of printing,publishing,selling,or having anything to do with books.In this present world,where technology is exploding all around us,things are changing so fast,one has no idea of where things are going.e-books seem like they may impact everything in the world of books,like nothing since the printing press.But where it all ends up,who knows or has the foggiest idea.We have already witnessed gigantic changes in an amazingly short time.
Just think,many people no longer own a wrist watch,many no longer subscribe to or read a local newspaper,when did you last write or receive a handwritten personal letter.( Did you know that many schools no longer teach cursive writing?) I have been retired for several years,but remember how common it was for passengers to be doing crossword puzzles in the newspapers on commuter trains and busses.I asked someone if they still see this happening today,and was told ,"almost never,everyone is playing with some hand held device instead".Just think how electronic cameras have changed films and the printing of photos.
So what about e-books;who knows?Will bookstores as we know them, disappear? "What about Publishing companies? What about Libraries?.Putting a book out electronically,from its writing stage,all the way through to the reader,could eliminate 90 or more percent of the cost.Don't expect to find the answer to all this here,because at this point ;who knows,but we won't be long in finding out.
There are many intreresting observations in this book.Some will reflect the great love of books ,such as;
"Books are not made for furniture,but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house...." Henry Ward Beacher
"I claim that the bookless library is a dream,a hallucination of on-line addicts,network neophytes and library automation readers.Instead ,I suspect computers will dangerously chew away at libraries from the inside.They'll eat up book budgets and require librarians that are more comfortable with computers than children and scholars.Libraries will become more adept at supplying the public with fast low-quality information.The result won't be a library without books--it'll become a library without value". Clifford Stall
"I can't live without books" Thomas Jefferson
"Outside of a dog,a book is man's best friend.Inside of a dog,it's too dark to read." Groucho Marx
"A room without books is like a body without soul." Cicero
"You can never be too thin,too rich or have too many books." Carter Bunder
"My mother died surrounded by her friends,her family,and her books."J.F.K. Jr.on the death of his mother Jaqueline
Or as Ander Monson so well puts it;
"Until I see e-books or literary apps that do something that the print book doesn't do better.I'm not very likely to buy into this whole world."
Stay tuned;this is just the beginning.
What I was looking for was a conversation with people about books they love and how they've influenced their lives. I found that in "For the Love of Books" by Ronald B. Shwartz. It's just a couple pages per writer, and I love just flipping to random sections. It's great, if I wanted a tome, I'd read their autobiography. I find this book to be very inspirational in addition to providing many new book leads :)
As for this book that I'm reviewing - I bought it for someone who just loves those little fridge magnets with sayings on them. The annoy me, but my mum loves them, and she adores this book! So it's worked out well (but I have a hard time stomaching giving it more than 3 stars).