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Booklover: A One-Year Journal of Reading, Reflecting & Remembering [Kindle Edition]

Timothy James Bazzett , Susan Bazzett-Griffith , Benjamin Busch
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

As a member of perhaps the last generation of truly devoted readers, Tim Bazzett uses a lifelong love affair with books as a springboard to recalling an eventful life marked by unexpected twists and turns that took him and his family from Michigan to California to Europe and back, during his various stints as student, teacher, and recycled soldier. He reflects thoughtfully on his 21 years as a Russian linguist with the National Security Agency, noting the sacrifices required by a career cloaked in secrecy and the toll it can take on a marriage. In the end, however, Booklover is most of all a love story, a nakedly candid and affectionate look back by Bazzett at more than forty years of living and raising a family, all with the same brown-eyed girl he met on a Michigan college campus in 1967. If you are a booklover, you will love this book.

Editorial Reviews


"Booklover was a wonderful celebration, not only of reading but of life! Full of joy and wonder, a few tears, and always always, the pleasure of reading."
~ Nina Sankovich, author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading and founder of the website

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  • File Size: 1018 KB
  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0977111946
  • Publisher: Rathole Books (March 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,941 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Bazzett Tops It Off! October 26, 2010
For those who have followed the fine writing and down to earth life experiences found in the previous novels of Timothy James Bazzett, then reading his latest heady memoir is a must. Bazzett has polished the skill of relating stories of his life to a fare-thee-well, pouring a lot of information about not only his personal history but also his sub rosa sage advice on coping with change, with loss, with family and with love in a manner that keeps the reader turning the pages to follow this very entertaining and seemingly spontaneous, off the cuff style of writing that fills these pages.

Bazzett is a book lover and has read probably more books than most everyone who will be reading this tome (over 400 pages): an introduction by his daughter Susan attests to the fact that every bookshelf in every room of the various houses in which the Bazzett family occupied is filled with read books - and she has inherited that bibliophilia gene. One sidebar observation about this book is the imagery created by Ben Busch that shows us the broad spread of types of books Bazzett has consumed, a generous artistic stack that leads us to a fascinating bibliography at books end with Bazzett listing the books of his collection.

But back to the book: Bazzett, faced with the fact that his wife was leaving Michigan for a month with their grandchildren and he pledged to write a book in a month to assuage his loneliness. That of course didn't happen, but instead Bazzett devoted a year to composing this his fifth book in as many years over a span of one year!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read March 3, 2014
I just finished Tim Bazzett's "Booklover". I generally don't gravitate toward memoirs, instead lean toward the lies of fiction. This, however, might signal the start of something new. Bazzett's memoir is simply wonderful.

Bazzett begins "Booklover" as a challenge to himself to complete it in one month, while his wife was away visiting family. It starts out with resolve and ambition, but soon life interrupts and it takes a year for him to finish.

"Booklover" is a warm, inviting and honest read, sometimes pedestrian in its telling of Bazzett's everyday life; in his delight at his and his wife's giddy and randy romps; in his embrace and love of his neighbors and men he knew in the service. But it also turns heartbreakingly poignant at times. In one passage toward the end of the book he writes of a piece he read by Patricia Stevens called "Leaving Fort Ord". It brings back the time when Bazzett and his own beloved wife were separated. Stevens wrote of her characters, David and Shelley, that they "quarrel on their last days together, ostensibly because she wants to leave Fort Ord while he's in Vietnam and go back to school in Iowa City." Shelley's foray into independence threatens David and they "reach a kind of truce, making love in the night before he is to leave, after which he weeps, something she had never seen him do before." The passage makes Bazzett remember his own awful time nearly a decade before, and he weeps along with David.

Bazzett's memoir seems nearly unstructured but for the sense of days passing as they do in a diary. His telling of the past wanders, stops, turns and loops back on itself like beetle track in tree bark. I don't know how he does it, how he doesn't lose the reader, but he doesn't. It shows what a strong writer he is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars yes, if you like books January 19, 2014
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torn between possible careers in military intelligence and academia, while maintaining a sane home life, Bazzett searches for, and finds, a way of life that lets him read books -- lots of books. his descriptions of Michigan ring true. when I finished this memoir, I wished I knew him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mellow Style That Eases Up on the Profound . . . December 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Tim Bazzett’s BOOKLOVER is the memoir of a literary man who’s growing older, written in a mellow, easygoing style. One supposes from the subtitle, “A One-Year Journal of Reading, Reflecting, and Remembering” and the stack of books on the cover that Bazzett will discuss the books he read in a year—and he does, sort of. But his method suggests THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN or even TRISTRAM SHANDY—that is, Bazzett announces a subject, the thing that occurs to him in the dated entry, but then feels free to wander all over the territory of his life, richly illustrating the subject before at last reaching the meat of it.
Bazzett has written several memoirs—of his boyhood, in REED CITY BOY, and of his first hitch in the army, SOLDIER BOY. BOOKLOVER is a sequel to both. A bookish kid, a mama’s boy as he describes himself, Bazzett grew up on a farm where there was not much money to spare. Not ready for college, Bazzett escaped to the army, which provided him with adventure and eventually, maturation. But college was a thing apart. Attaining a Master’s degree was an achievement requiring hard work and smarts, and moved Bazzett out of the working class.
However, the degree was in English, and there is nothing to do with such a degree but teach English. Or maybe work in a hardware.
Anyhow, Bazzett taught at a podunk college, and while he loved his colleagues, soon grew weary of grading freshmen composition papers. He cites that profound old Peggy Lee song—a fateful song for many a questing soul—“Is That All There Is?”
He decided to return to the army, even though it led to a move from Michigan to Monterey, and considerable trials for his young family. But this time around, Bazzett was a contender.
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More About the Author

Born in 1944, Tim Bazzett grew up in west Michigan and spent three years in the army after high school, completing tours in Turkey and Germany. He then attended Ferris State and Central Michigan Universities where he earned a teaching degree and an MA in English. After teaching for five years at Monroe County Community College in southeast Michigan, in 1976 Bazzett reenlisted in the army, staying five years that time, serving again in Germany and earning a second Master's degree from Eastern Michigan University. Following his discharge he worked for the next 21 years as a Russian linguist and intelligence analyst at the National Security Agency in Maryland. He retired from federal service at the end of 2001 and returned to his home town in Michigan where he began to write. Since 2004, Bazzett has published four memoirs and a biography.

Since the publication of his most recent memoir, BOOKLOVER, Bazzett has devoted much of his time to reading and reviewing other authors, feeling that serious readers are nearly as important as writers. In the course of this endeavor he has made numerous long-distance writer friends and continues to add to a much cherished collection of inscribed and signed books direct from authors and/or their publishers. Even knowing it's a cliche, Bazzett nevertheless lives by the mantra, "So many books, so little time."


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