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Book Love: A Celebration of Writers, Readers, and the Printed & Bound Book (Literary Companion (Pushcart)) Hardcover – April 28, 2011


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About the Author

James Charlton is the editor of The Writer's Quotation Book, The Writer's Home Companion, and other titles.

Bill Henderson is the founder and editor of the Pushcart Prize. He received the 2006 National Book Critic Circle’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Poets & Writers / Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. He is also the author of several memoirs, including All My Dogs: A Life. The founder of the Lead Pencil Club, Henderson lives in New York.
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Product Details

  • Series: Literary Companion (Pushcart)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Pushcart Press (April 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888889616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888889611
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,683,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a very interesting little book ;and very timely when one looks at what is taking place in the book industry today.
One of my favorite genera of books is "Books about Books" and this little book will be welcomed on the shelf along with many others.
It has only 130 pages and will not take a lot of time to read.However;there are over 600 "observations" from Writers,Readers and about Printed and Bound books.
It is fairly well illustrated with B&W illustrations.Three are rather ordinary and by Ron Shepperson;but 14 others are very good,most are almost classics and without names of the illustrators identified.
Probably,the most important paet of this book is the 7 page Prelude or Introduction by Bill Henderson.He addresses the question of e-books .This is a question that is on the minds of all the writers,readers and everyone in the business of printing,publishing,selling,or having anything to do with books.In this present world,where technology is exploding all around us,things are changing so fast,one has no idea of where things are going.e-books seem like they may impact everything in the world of books,like nothing since the printing press.But where it all ends up,who knows or has the foggiest idea.We have already witnessed gigantic changes in an amazingly short time.
Just think,many people no longer own a wrist watch,many no longer subscribe to or read a local newspaper,when did you last write or receive a handwritten personal letter.( Did you know that many schools no longer teach cursive writing?) I have been retired for several years,but remember how common it was for passengers to be doing crossword puzzles in the newspapers on commuter trains and busses.
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Format: Hardcover
If you enjoy the physicality of holding and reading a book, the act of reading itself and the various nuances of writing, editing, selling books and book crafting - then you'll enjoy this one - a smallish book filled with great quotes that captures the joy of the medium. This one is easy to polish off in a hour or so, but I spent a nuanced week going through this one, reading a couple of pages at a time whenever I had a moment.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By djangosan on January 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Buy this book if you love quotes and quips. I do not.

What I was looking for was a conversation with people about books they love and how they've influenced their lives. I found that in "For the Love of Books" by Ronald B. Shwartz. It's just a couple pages per writer, and I love just flipping to random sections. It's great, if I wanted a tome, I'd read their autobiography. I find this book to be very inspirational in addition to providing many new book leads :)

As for this book that I'm reviewing - I bought it for someone who just loves those little fridge magnets with sayings on them. The annoy me, but my mum loves them, and she adores this book! So it's worked out well (but I have a hard time stomaching giving it more than 3 stars).
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