Weekly Reads

There’s Nothing Like a Book!

 

 

Books.  There’s nothing like them.  Is there anything better than relaxing in your favorite chair, with your favorite drink or snack, and a good book?  How about relaxing in your favorite chair, with your favorite drink or snack and a good book about good books?  Now that’s the ticket.  Here are some titles to help you with that goal.

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary by Allison Hoover Bartlett

 

     

Bartlett takes us into the world of book lovers by examining two personalities: 1) Ken Sanders, a book detective and 2) John Gilkey, a book thief (“the man who loves books too much”).  As Sanders attempts to bring Gilkey to justice, before he can add to his $100,000 worth of book theft, Barlett delves into how both men function and why they do what they do.  A seldom seen look at the dark side of book addiction.

The Book: A Cover-by-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time by Keith Houston

 

 

 

 

We all know how books come about, right?  Somebody writes them and somebody publishes them – in between someone occasionally illustrates a few of them.  Houston points out that this just might be a simplification of the matter.  He explores how the paper and binding in the books came about.  He examines how the art of book illustration developed and how ink was invented.  By doing so, he gives the reader a whole new look at books. 

  

The Quotable Book Lover Edited by Ben Jacobs and Helena Hjalmarsson

 

The experience of simply holding a treasured book is special to a bibliophile but let’s face it, the thing that we really love about books are what’s inside – what the book says or what the book illustrates.  And if you want to know what others have said about books, here’s the place to start.  From Katherine Hepburn to Mark Twain, from Cicero to Franz Kafka, if it was worth saying about books, it’s here.

 

Paper: Paging Through History, by Mark Kurlansky

    

The simple fact is that we wouldn’t have books if paper hadn’t been invented.  Kurlansky illustrates this with a tour through history.  His view is one that examines the “paper work” of mankind.  He examines the influence paper has had in history – for example, most of Leonardo Da Vinci’s works are on paper, not canvas – and he speculates on the future of paper.  In a society where it is commonly believed that technology will end the need for paper, Kurlansky argues that paper is far from being obsolete. 

Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries by Estelle Ellis, Caroline Seebohm and Christoper Simon Sykes

 

You think you love books?  Probably not more than the authors of these pages.  They show the reader how books and book vendors came about.  They show how libraries evolved.  They help the reader understand how to better care for books.  From shelving to library furnishing, they demonstrate how one can have a real library in one’s home.

All books listed can be obtained through your local library.  For more information about books about books or to find out about library services and programs, please visit your local library or go to ahjlibrary.org.  Mr. Strawn is Director of the Allendale-Hampton-Jasper Regional Library.