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

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ISBN13: 9780399537011
ISBN10: 0399537015
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Leaf through your cookbooks, and you’re likely to find a bit of paper with a recipe written in a familiar (or not-so-familiar) hand. It could be a family secret finally divulged, a scribbled interpretation of something seen on TV, even a culinary experiment long since forgotten. What happens to these recipes when the books are passed on?

By day, Michael Popek works in his family’s used bookstore. By night, he’s the voyeuristic force behind the websites ForgottenBookmarks and HandwrittenRecipes, where he shares the weird, wonderful objects he has found among the stacks at his store.

Handwritten Recipes is a treasury of Michael’s most fascinating found recipes. You’ll find classic Americana like pies and casseroles alongside ethnic mainstays such as Italian cookies, springerle, and German dumplings. Some are perfectly clear and complete, while others leave crucial elements—like cooking times and ingredient measurements—to the reader’s imagination. You can venture to try any recipe, or just enjoy Popek’s findings as a time capsule from kitchens of generations gone by.

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It's happened to all of us: we're reading a book, something interrupts us, and we grab the closest thing at hand to mark our spot. It could be a train ticket, a letter, an advertisement, a photograph, or a four-leaf clover. Eventually the book finds its way into the world-a library, a flea market, other people's bookshelves, or to a used bookstore. But what becomes of those forgotten bookmarks? What stories could they tell?

By day, Michael Popek works in his family's used bookstore. By night, he's the voyeuristic force behind www.forgottenbookmarks.com, where he shares the weird objects he has found among the stacks at his store.

Forgotten Bookmarks is a scrapbook of Popek's most interesting finds. Sure, there are actual bookmarks, but there are also pictures and ticket stubs, old recipes and notes, valentines, unsent letters, four-leaf clovers, and various sordid, heartbreaking, and bizarre keepsakes. Together this collection of lost treasures offers a glimpse into other readers' lives that they never intended for us to see.

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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snarkapuss, January 17, 2012 (view all comments by snarkapuss)
A beautifully designed book that's equally fun to open up at random, or read from cover-to-cover, "Forgotten Bookmarks" offers snippets of the lives of strangers, as seen through the artifacts they left behind in old books. A great companion volume to the blog of the same name, offering a lot of never-before-seen items so that even followers of the blog will find something to enjoy here.
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TeacherMom, October 11, 2011 (view all comments by TeacherMom)
I am familiar with Mr. Popek's wonderful and interesting website and can hardly WAIT for this book to be published. He has a great narrative voice and his finds offer us a peep into a world gone by. I am pre-ordering now.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399537011
Author:
Popek, Michael
Publisher:
Perigee Books
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Art - General
Subject:
General Cooking
Edition Description:
B-Hardcover
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.54 x 5.71 x 0.75 in 0.83 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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It's happened to all of us: we're reading a book, something interrupts us, and we grab the closest thing at hand to mark our spot. It could be a train ticket, a letter, an advertisement, a photograph, or a four-leaf clover. Eventually the book finds its way into the world-a library, a flea market, other people's bookshelves, or to a used bookstore. But what becomes of those forgotten bookmarks? What stories could they tell?

By day, Michael Popek works in his family's used bookstore. By night, he's the voyeuristic force behind www.forgottenbookmarks.com, where he shares the weird objects he has found among the stacks at his store.

Forgotten Bookmarks is a scrapbook of Popek's most interesting finds. Sure, there are actual bookmarks, but there are also pictures and ticket stubs, old recipes and notes, valentines, unsent letters, four-leaf clovers, and various sordid, heartbreaking, and bizarre keepsakes. Together this collection of lost treasures offers a glimpse into other readers' lives that they never intended for us to see.

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