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.A faded ticket to the Eiffel Tower will never fall out of a Kindle. ... She did notselect thebooks haphazardly; eachoneof them meant something. ... There were books by Japanese writers, Belgian writers, Argentine writers, Vietnamese writers.


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