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Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Booksby Paul Collins
Sunday, June 30, 2013 07:30 PM
Powell's City of Books on Burnside, Portland, OR
Paul Collins's Duel with the Devil (Crown) tells the true story of a sensational murder mystery in the early days of the United States — one that shocked the young nation and inspired bitter rivals Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr to join forces in the pursuit of justice. Collins is regularly featured on NPR's Weekend Edition as the "literary detective."
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Paul Collins and his family abandoned the hills of San Francisco to move to the Welsh countryside — to move, in fact, to the village of Hay-on-Wye, the "Town of Books" that boasts fifteen hundred inhabitants — and forty bookstores. Taking readers into a secluded sanctuary for book lovers, and guiding us through the creation of the author's own first book, Sixpence House becomes a heartfelt and often hilarious meditation on what books mean to us.
"Sixpence House is the bookworm's answer to A Year in Provence." Boston Globe
"Collins' gift is that you don't care where you end up. The journey is enough." Readerville
"[A] book lover's delight....Collins muses often on the impermanence of books, but this one will grace shelves for years to come." Keir Graff, Booklist
"Entertaining....Collins has an engaging manner, and the depiction of his adopted Welsh town is informative and amusing....A treat for the bibliophile." Kirkus Reviews
"Collins can be quite funny, and he pads his sophomore effort with obscure but amusing trivia...but it's hard to imagine anyone beyond bibliophiles and fellow Hay-lovers finding enough here to hold their attention." Publishers Weekly
"Reading of [Collins's] sojourn in Hay is pleasantly akin to browsing one of its bookstores because Collins...delivers a funny excerpt from a forgotten old volume...for every occasion." Entertainment Weekly
"The real, engaging heart of the tale is Collins' love of books and other people who love them....Collins muses on antiquarian books the way the rest of us remember lost loves." San Francisco Chronicle
"Funny, informative, somewhat chaotic and full of interesting references...there are numerous meanders into peripheral subjects, seen through the astute eyes of an Anglophile American." The Washington Post
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Paul Collins and his family abandoned the hills of San Francisco to move to the Welsh countryside-to move, in fact, to the village of Hay-on-Wye, the "Town of Books" that boasts fifteen hundred inhabitants-and forty bookstores. Taking readers into a secluded sanctuary for book lovers, and guiding us through the creation of the author's own first book, Sixpence House becomes a heartfelt and often hilarious meditation on what books mean to us.
About the Author
Paul Collins is the author of Banvard's Folly: Thirteen People Who Didn't Change the World, and most recently Not Even Wrong. He edits the Collins Library for McSweeney's Books, and his work has appeared in New Scientist, Business 2.0, and Tin House.
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