Qty:1
  • List Price: $23.00
  • Save: $2.30 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: [3,"Eligible for FREE Super Saving Shipping! Fast Amazon shipping plus a hassle free return policy mean your satisfaction is guaranteed! Good readable copy. Worn edges and covers and may have small creases. Otherwise item is in good condition."] [1,"Markings on spine/edges of book."] [2,"Personalized inscription on first page."] [0,"Ex-library book. May have typical labels and markings."]
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Memoirs of a Book Snake: Forty Years of Seeking and Saving Old Books Hardcover – May 1, 2001


Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$20.70
$17.50 $3.30




Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Waltham Street Pr; First Edition edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916638545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916638542
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,493,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Meyer, mistakenly called a "book snake" by a friend who meant "bookworm," describes countless hours spent sorting through dusty bins, forgotten shelves and packing boxes "hunting" for books. In a highly readable, conversational style, Meyer recounts each find as a first-class adventure. At an auction, he buys a box of books containing a veritable John Steinbeck bonanza: a first edition of The Grapes of Wrath and a specially bound, signed limited edition of East of Eden. In the same box, purchased for a "buck a book," Meyer found first editions of volumes by Pearl Buck, Somerset Maugham and Aldous Huxley. Meyer tells of travels around the country and to places as distant as Vietnam in search of rare books. Along the way, he meets many characters and has unbelievable luck picking up mint copies of classics. He becomes a collector of the works of Willa Cather and finds his way to her graveside to pay his respects. Among his other treasured finds are first editions of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility and an inscribed copy of Carl Sandburg's first book, Chicago Poems. Raised among bibliophiles, Meyer tells of childhood book quests with his father. He traces the changing face of the rare book business and the disappearance of rare bookstores and antiquarian book departments in mainstream stores like Marshall Fields. Meyer's insistence that this isn't a catalog of prices or a book about the love of reading rings true as the story of his passion for the book and for collecting the bound words of great writers emerges and infuses this charming volume. Illus.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Review

"In a highly readable, conversational style, Meyer recounts each find as a first-class adventure." -- Publishers Weekly, October 22, 2001

"Memoirs of a Book Snake is a charming, persuasive, and accurate account of what a book scout does. Anyone who has ever practiced this recondite but exciting pastime -- or who might like to --should find this book a joy." -- -- Larry McMurtry

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
5 star
0
4 star
2
3 star
3
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 5 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tina Avon on April 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a book about books. The author describes some of his more interesting finds in the book world.
This book was an interesting read. The author's wondefully breezy writing style was enchanting and fun to read. His anecdotes on various book finds made you feel as though you were right next to him.
So why the 3 stars?
This book took me exactly 2 hours to read! It is compact and has so few pages, that I felt a little discouraged from the start.
This author truly is entertaining with his stories and if his career spans over 40 years, surely he could have added a couple more (like maybe a 100 or so more) pages to the book. Just as I was starting to really get into it, the book ends.
I was also put off by the cost of the book. $20.00 for 2 hours of reading is expensive!
However, if you like books on books that are a fun read, this is the book for you.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Vaughn on November 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Basically this is a vanity press offering prepared by the author to cash in on the rare book collecting momentum, earlier stimulated by Nicholas Basbanes. It is essentially a "chapbook". It is about 150 pages, which at it's list price comes to about $.15 a page or $.30 for both sides. (Covers included free of charge). It talks little about book collecting or even scouting except for the author's meandering about a few interesting trips and people met along the way. I strongly encourage those interested in book collecting to read ANY of Mr. Basbanes books before purchasing this overpriced narcissistic exercise.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By mary ann broadus on April 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I agree w/ the previous reviewer: this is really a wonderful book
but for the asking price, it's too brief. However, for those who love to "book search" it's delightful to read of the author's finds. Highly recommended, elegiac and wry.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jesse S. Walker on December 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As previous reviewers noted it is a brief book. It is however an enjoyable one. Where many books about books devolve into a "how much I paid and what it's worth" book this one rarely does. When he gets into the "how much I paid and what it's worth" it is almost always because there is a point behinds it. Mostly this book is the story of the people behind the books (authors, booksellers, other book snakes, etc). The only slightly annoying characteristic of this book is that it has a few too many pictures. Almost as if to fluff the book out a little. Certainly as someone who has a love of books he should know better.

Despite its length and pictures, I look forward to reading his second book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Heather Lynn Webb on December 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The book was decent, but I don't think it was anything terribly special. I thought that, in addition to rambling on about certain points, the author jumped around in his time line. He would mention things that made no sense because what would have introduced you to that point doesn't appear for several pages.

Overall, not too bad, but not the best either.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Search