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Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller's Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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Letters written but I guess some never meant to be read by strangers, such as "Dear Jennie" dated 1882 "Oh to married. Just think of that first night......,
Recipes,one for beer bread I will try!
and so much more!
Be prepared to shed a tear or two but in a good way. The only thing missing is the smell of times gone but that's OK. Mr. Popek has done a wonderful job in placing you in a time forgotten.
I thank him.
The book offers up pictures of the items and the books in which they were found, some of them ironic pairings. There are many letters, for which the author provides typescripts. If it is flat, it has been used as a bookmark and or hidden in a book and accidentally left behind. That would include some banned substances, too.
The book is modest in size, and there is no removable dust jacket. That said, the book design is creative and well executed. Popek resists the temptation to overanalyze or clutter the pages with his own text. He leaves us to marvel at how it is we can learn about a complete stranger by the book they have left behind. It is an enriching experience missed by those who read new, audio or e-books exclusively.
This seemingly simple book with pictures of books and the memorabilia found in them is absolutely fascinating. Normally a book with less than 200 pages, mostly pictures with very little text, would take an hour or so to read but I've spent hours poring over it.
As a book lover, I'm fascinated by some of the books that I've never heard of (Bugaboo Bill and other Wonders? Really?) and can't wait to research them. And I wonder what I've left in books that I've donated (probably boring stuff like business cards and receipts from airport gift shops)
But the most fascinating thing is the people behind found objects and their stories. Mr. Popek has researched some of the individuals mentioned in found letters, photos etc and has thoughtfully provided some detail where possible. But in most cases you are left to wonder. Did "Mother" ever give Sonny and Leah her blessing? How long did poor Mr. Groff survive the ministrations of two doctors who, in 1904, didn't recognize the symptoms of congestive heart failure? Fortunately, Popek has already done the work of deciphering handwriting so you can just sit back and enjoy the results.
With every item, I found myself creating the stories to make sense of them. An old family portrait found in an old bible is sad; the girl on the cruise ship was a gold digger with her sights set on "Prichard" etc. And some don't take much imagination. My personal favorite is the scathing letter to an ex ("You're downright ugly and you talk funny. ... .We won't even go into your sexual perversities- you nasty voyeur!") found in, of all places, "While Waiting. ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Popek put together a book filled with a collection of various things he's found left behind in a wide variety of books from different people. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sabby
Quirky little book, but not filled with quite as unusual finds as I would expect from a bookseller.Published 6 months ago by Carol M. Johnson
Great book, lots of photos and comments, very interesting and fun to look at.Published 11 months ago by rescueAdog
I follow the Forgotten Bookmarks posts on Facebook and loved seeing the different things he posts there. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Zona K Musgrove
I love this book! Well put together & very interesting to see all the things that were lost between pages!Published 15 months ago by Ariane Grubb
The collection of things found in books quite fun. The writer's style is a bit stiff. The full color presentation is very much appreciated. The layouts are playful. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Marilyn Matheny