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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing; Revised Edition edition (April 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555912400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555912406
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,251,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Have you ever awakened the morning after a book-buying spree, unable to remember how many you bought or how much you spent? Have you ever been reprimanded or fired for reading on the job? Have you ever purchased or rented additional living space -- just for your books? Then you, like me, are a biblioholic! Tom Raabe's Biblioholism: The Literary Addiction is a unique and hilarious guide for book lovers of all degrees and intensities. This rollicking funny, all-to-true compendium of observations and do-it-yourself diagnostic tests is terrific reading and a grand chuckle. ---- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This humorous tenth-anniversary edition brings book addiction out of the closet.

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And reading the book only made me crave for more books.
Alf Rehn
If one of your ideas of a good time is to spend a few hours in a book store, then buy this one.
Bucherwurm
For those of you who have been in similar situations, this book is most definitely for you.
V. Gauthier

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Bucherwurm on June 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
Do you have a good time browsing through book reviews on Amazon.com? If so you might have the serious addiction described in this book. Many of us who have strange addictions are surprised when we first find out we are not alone. I certainly could identify with a lot of the presented symptoms (My wife and I have a large 11 room house that provides the space needed for our books - why use a dining room for eating when it can easily become a library?). Fortunately the book is so funny that it squelches the guilt feelings that it elicits. If one of your ideas of a good time is to spend a few hours in a book store, then buy this one. Having been disturbed by a customer's screaming, running children in a bookstore yesterday, I would hope that Raabe's next venture would be a book for the unwashed masses regarding rules of behavior in a bookstore.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Maudeen Wachsmith VINE VOICE on December 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
I could have written this book - and boy do I wish I had! This book, which includes a test to find out if you are a biblioholic, is absolutely hilarious and I certainly could relate. Living in a house which has been taken over by books in every room, question #22, "When a stranger walks into your house or apartment, are his or her first words usually a comment about your books?" hit too close to home. Another one I found particularly profound was, "Do you ever lie about how many books you've bought?" How true, how true.
Including chapters including "Confessions of a Biblioholic," "Collectomania," "Fantasy Bookstore," "We are What we Buy" and one on reading in all sorts of locations, readers everywhere will be able to readily identity.
My recommendation, buy one for yourself AND one for every biblioholic you know. It's fun to discuss this with friends and even add to the list of questions. A great gift for readers - or even for yourself. Highly recommended!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
...about this book from the head of my English department at college a year ago. She's a book addict. I'm a worse one. I lost count of my library after hitting 10,000. I buy books far, far faster than I can read them (last count: 823). I keep a master list on MS Excel of all the books I want to buy 'some day'. Current total: 1714. I have no shelf space left. No closet space left. No room in the basement or attic. And there's no 12-step group for biblioholics.
This book was the perfect thing to make my husband read to show him I wasn't the only book addict in the world. The fact that it was hiliarious didn't hurt, either.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
I used to think that I was the only one whose huge library caused her spouse to threaten divorce. Who went on book-buying binges and had to make elaborate plans to smuggle her purchases past the suspicious eyes of her loved ones. Who could never, in a normal lifespan, reading 24 hours a day, possibly read every book in her library. Who, when forced into the light of the day and into a mall, headed immediately for the bookstore (not necessarily LIKING the kind of bookstores available in a mall, but deciding it was preferable to 'Kitchen Kaboodle' or 'Eddie Bauer'). Who, as a struggling 22-year-old, had $10 to her name and decided to spend $9.50 on books and $.50 on beef jerky. I see that my disease has a name. SO WHAT? I don't want to be cured. My madness makes me happy! Happy, damn yer eyes, and though this Puritan country treats happiness with suspicion, I will continue on my book-bingeing way until I'm dead. And if Heaven is whatever you imagine it to be--I imagine it to be an endless library full of thick tomes, leather chairs, purring cats and crackling fireplaces--I will spend eternity in my paradise, laughing the last laugh!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By V. Gauthier on November 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am 23 years old and must confess I am a Biblioholic. I have a 10 page list of books I would love to own. My college friends think I'm weird because I'd rather spend a night with a book than to go out drinking. I'm so very glad to find out I'm not alone anymore!! Oh, my mom actually has had to sit me down to discuss my book buying habits. My reply??--At least I'm not a drug addict! (She couldn't say much to that) Amazon.com does not help my addiction with their horrendous ONE-CLICK ordering! AGGGHHH! For those of you who have been in similar situations, this book is most definitely for you.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Walter Snyder on January 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is the first book I recommend to friends who already have "too many books" (as if that were possible!). While humorous, Raabe's book also gives historical insight into people who make most current avid collectors pale by comparison. And he shows the range of reasons why people acquire volumes, whether to boost one's social standing, to admire, to eat, or even to read. Amazingly, while I've lent my copy several times, it's always come back (maybe the chapter about sticky-fingered borrowers tweaks consciences).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alf Rehn on April 6, 1999
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Wonderfully funny and tragically wise (an affliction less uncommon than one might think) this book is not a treasure because it satirizes us poor biblioholics, but because it tells it like it is. We are a sad bunch, but the trembling and racing of the heart that came over me when I saw that a book like this existed was a pleasure as sublime as any I might wish for. And reading the book only made me crave for more books. But enough of my idle chatter, if you care about this review, the book really isn't for you. A true biblioholic needs books as some need sex or drugs, and no damning words or praise can change that. For those lesser souls, who cannot find arousal in a bound tome, buy it anyway (if only for a peek in on some truly odd behaviour).
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