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Publisher Comments:

One of America’s leading humorists and author of the bestseller Closing Time examines his own obsession with books

Joe Queenan became a voracious  reader as a means of escape from a joyless childhood in a Philadelphia housing project. In the years since then he has dedicated himself to an assortment of  idiosyncratic reading challenges: spending a year reading only short books, spending a year reading books he always suspected he would hate, spending a year reading books he picked with his eyes closed.

In One for the Books, Queenan tries to come to terms with his own eccentric reading style—how many more books will he have time to read in his lifetime? Why does he refuse to read books hailed  by reviewers as “astonishing”? Why does he refuse to lend out books? Will he ever buy an e-book? Why does he habitually read thirty to forty books simultaneously? Why are there so many people to whom the above questions do not even matter—and what do they read? Acerbically funny yet passionate and oddly affectionate, One for the Books is a reading experience that true book lovers will find unforgettable.

Review:

"Humorist Queenan's (Closing Time: A Memoir) mordantly funny reflections on his relationships with books will resonate with many avid readers, particularly those burdened by guilt over the number of Great Books they never managed to complete. Many pages display his brilliant wit: 'I do not listen to audiobooks, for the same reason that I do not listen to baked ziti; it lacks the personal touch.' But woven around these one-liners are thoughtful musings on the importance of books in the author's life, including touching anecdotes about projects such as his effort to check out library books that no one has borrowed for five years in order to save the books from disposal. Among the book's highlights is Queenan's deft savaging of the sometimes banal 'Questions for Discussion' that appear in the reading guides included in books." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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An absolute must-read for anyone who loves books

In Closing Time, Joe Queenan shared how he became a voracious reader to escape a joyless childhood. Now, like many bibliophiles, he fears for the books that once saved him. In One for the Books, Queenan examines the entire culture of reading and what books really mean in peoples lives today. What does it suggest if a person has no books displayed in his living room? Can an obsession with reading prove detrimental to ones well being? How useful are covers in selling books? Queenans many fans—as well as anyone who loves books and reading—will want to join him on his unforgettably funny and moving journey.

Synopsis:

An affecting memoir from one of America's most provocative humorists

Over the past two decades, Joe Queenan has established himself as a scourge of everything that is half-baked, half-witted, and halfhearted in American culture. In Closing Time, Queenan turns his sights on a more serious and a more personal topic: his childhood in a Philadelphia housing project in the early 1960s. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Closing Time recounts Queenan's Irish Catholic upbringing in a family dominated by his erratic, alcoholic father, and his long flight away from the dismal confines of his neighborhood into the greater, wide world. A story about salvation and escape, Closing Time has at its heart the makings of a classic American autobiography.

About the Author

Alberto Manguel is a writer, translator, and editor of international reputation; his many books include The Dictionary of Imaginary Places (with Gianni Guadalupi), the award-winning novel News From a Foreign Country Came, and the short story anthologies Black Water, The Gates of Paradise, and (with Craig Stephenson) In Another Part of the Forest. Born in Buenos Aires, Manguel has traveled extensively and is now a Canadian citizen.

Table of Contents

The Last Page

The Last Page

Acts of Reading

Reading Shadows

The Silent Readers

The Book of Memory

Learning to Read

The Missing First Page

Picture Reading

Being Read To

The Shape of the Book

Private Reading

Metaphors of Reading

Powers of the Reader

Beginnings

Ordainers of the Universe

Reading the Future

The Symbolic Reader

Reading within Walls

Stealing Books

The Author as Reader

The Translator as Reader

Forbidden Reading

The Book Fool

Endpaper Pages

Endpaper Pages

Notes

Index

What Our Readers Are Saying

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Average customer rating based on 4 comments:

ljrTR, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by ljrTR)
Queenan is a mean curmudgeon but a darn good, funny writer. I don't agree with all he says, but I enjoy hearing his witty, caustic voice say it. His love of books is incredible.
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ljrTR, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by ljrTR)
Queenan is a mean curmudgeon but a darn good, funny writer. I don't agree with all he says, but I enjoy hearing his witty, caustic voice say it. His love of books is incredible.
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Don Powell, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Don Powell)
Who else could write such a moving, erudite and cheeky love letter to his library of 7000 books? Only Joe Queenan, critic par excellence.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670025824
Author:
Queenan, Joe
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Manguel, Alberto
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
General History
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19971001
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Humorist Queenan's (Closing Time: A Memoir) mordantly funny reflections on his relationships with books will resonate with many avid readers, particularly those burdened by guilt over the number of Great Books they never managed to complete. Many pages display his brilliant wit: 'I do not listen to audiobooks, for the same reason that I do not listen to baked ziti; it lacks the personal touch.' But woven around these one-liners are thoughtful musings on the importance of books in the author's life, including touching anecdotes about projects such as his effort to check out library books that no one has borrowed for five years in order to save the books from disposal. Among the book's highlights is Queenan's deft savaging of the sometimes banal 'Questions for Discussion' that appear in the reading guides included in books." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
An absolute must-read for anyone who loves books

In Closing Time, Joe Queenan shared how he became a voracious reader to escape a joyless childhood. Now, like many bibliophiles, he fears for the books that once saved him. In One for the Books, Queenan examines the entire culture of reading and what books really mean in peoples lives today. What does it suggest if a person has no books displayed in his living room? Can an obsession with reading prove detrimental to ones well being? How useful are covers in selling books? Queenans many fans—as well as anyone who loves books and reading—will want to join him on his unforgettably funny and moving journey.

"Synopsis" by ,
An affecting memoir from one of America's most provocative humorists

Over the past two decades, Joe Queenan has established himself as a scourge of everything that is half-baked, half-witted, and halfhearted in American culture. In Closing Time, Queenan turns his sights on a more serious and a more personal topic: his childhood in a Philadelphia housing project in the early 1960s. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Closing Time recounts Queenan's Irish Catholic upbringing in a family dominated by his erratic, alcoholic father, and his long flight away from the dismal confines of his neighborhood into the greater, wide world. A story about salvation and escape, Closing Time has at its heart the makings of a classic American autobiography.

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