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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.

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"'We read searchingly, like trackers, oblivious of our surroundings. We read distractedly, skipping pages.... We read in gusts of sudden pleasure.' Thus, the Argentine-born, now Canadian, author in his learned, enchanting, discursive essay on the mysteries of reading. Among the chapter titles of this enticing book we find 'Metaphors of Reading,' 'The Author as Reader,' and 'The Symbolic Reader.' Erudition and memoir are beautifully wed in this stimulating and provocative book." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

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.

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

About the Author

Joe Queenan has been a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, GQ, and Spy. He has written for Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Golf Digest, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The New Republic, and contributes to The New York Times, and The Guardian. He has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, Today, and The Daily Show. His books include The New York Times bestseller and Notable Book Closing Time: A Memoir.

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walkersinger, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by walkersinger)
Any bibliophile will love this book. Did you know that the function of reading has changed over time? That people used to only read aloud? That the advent of reading changed history as much as any economic phenomenon? Beautifully written, as are all of Manguel's books.
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migdali, January 20, 2007 (view all comments by migdali)
Although the title lives up to its promise as being a historical record of reading, it also a very personal and loving account of reading. Manguel is a very languid writer which made this a very relaxing read while still being very informative.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670843022
Author:
Manguel, Alberto
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Author:
Queenan, Joe
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Books and reading
Subject:
Books and reading -- History.
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Books & Reading
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
96-27
Publication Date:
19960901
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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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.

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