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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.

Synopsis:

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:

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.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 323-353) and index.

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140166545
Author:
Manguel, Alberto
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Queenan, Joe
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Books
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Books and reading
Subject:
Books and reading -- History.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19971001
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"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 ,
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.

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