One for the Books

One for the Books

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One of Americaa€™s leading humorists and author of the bestseller Closing Time examines his own obsession with books Joe Queenan became a voracious reader as a means of escape from a joyless childhood in a Philadelphia housing project. In the years since then he has dedicated himself to an assortment of idiosyncratic reading challenges: spending a year reading only short books, spending a year reading books he always suspected he would hate, spending a year reading books he picked with his eyes closed. In One for the Books, Queenan tries to come to terms with his own eccentric reading stylea€”how many more books will he have time to read in his lifetime? Why does he refuse to read books hailed by reviewers as a€œastonishinga€? Why does he refuse to lend out books? Will he ever buy an e-book? Why does he habitually read thirty to forty books simultaneously? Why are there so many people to whom the above questions do not even mattera€”and what do they read? Acerbically funny yet passionate and oddly affectionate, One for the Books is a reading experience that true book lovers will find unforgettable.The only exceptions here are my 158 foreignlanguage books, most of them French, which are clustered together on their own shelves. The French sit next ... You cannot doany ofthiswith a Kindle. ThoughIwrite in ... I donot writein books I borrow from the library, butI dojot down startling passages in anotebook. In The Heartofanbsp;...

Title:One for the Books
Author:Joe Queenan
Publisher:Penguin - 2012-10-25


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