- Title: The Book Shopper: A Life in Review
- Author: Murray Browne
- ISBN: 9781589880566
- Page: 426
- Format: Paperback
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore Henry Ward BeecherThe Book Shopper is a spirited and witty guide to the world of disheveled used bookstores and dusty basements where shelves sag under the burden of so many books In the limitless sea of books, here s one that will make you laugh as it helps you find your way to titles and authors you ll really want to Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore Henry Ward BeecherThe Book Shopper is a spirited and witty guide to the world of disheveled used bookstores and dusty basements where shelves sag under the burden of so many books In the limitless sea of books, here s one that will make you laugh as it helps you find your way to titles and authors you ll really want to read This predilection for browsing used bookstores has grown into a real albeit quirky passion for thinking about the many ways books affect our lives how and where we shop for them, the people we know who read them, the small passages that stick in our heads for years only to reappear at the oddest moments The minds of book people are mosaics of ideas, thoughts, and phrases that have originated in books I m fascinated by how we hold and shape these fragments, how they coalesce into what I call my book shopper state of mind from Chapter 1 of The Book ShopperIn chapters such as Book Lovers Are Not Necessarily People Lovers, Prerequisites What Every Good Bookstore Should Have, Books as Gifts, and The Classic Book Group, Murray Browne offers a lifeline to readers who love to browse for books and are always looking for that next great read and a good deal but who may be swamped by the vast offerings.Murray Browne has published numerous essays, book reviews, newspaper articles, feature stories, and technical articles He holds a BA in English and Radio Television and an MS in Information Library Sciences from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Though he grew up in the Midwest, Browne now lives in Atlanta, where he works as a media content analyst.
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Picked this up at Prairie Lights in Iowa City when I was there with other bibliophile friendsed I say more. A day of literary adventures in a literary city buying books = a perfect day. Have I ever mentioned, I LOVE BOOKS!?!
This book is not very well written, but it has some interesting musings on book shopping. The best chapters focus on the author's family experiences. He has a weird habit of referring to his book as though it were a separate entity or a person. Not one of my favorite books about books.
I liked reading about his personal experiences, how "Fahrenheit 451" affected him - not just once, but twice! I loved his saying - "Book lovers are not necessarily people lovers." How true! I am one.I did not care for Browne's recommendations of books. Browne is snobbish in his high brow opinion of his choice of books over average people's opinions. Some of us hate lit. Got enough of that in school. Even with his attitude I still found parts of his book that I liked because I like books about bo [...]
I appreciated the author's enthusiasm for books, but I disliked the way he dismissed romances as "not real books" and insinuated that libraries consisting of "crappy bestsellers" (his words) were less valid than ones full of his beloved Tom Wolfe, Pynchon, Didion, etc. Avoid like the plague if pseudo-intellectual Lit-ra-chure book snobs who look down on those of us who read popular fiction, romances, mysteries, etc, make you angry.
Though I do not share Browne's taste in books, I do approve of his general attitude toward books. " Uncovered" was the best chapter and Part Three with musings about books as gifts and managing a personal library was worthwhile.
I picked this up at the Eighth Day Books table at the Circe Conference because I can never resist a book about books and as such I enjoyed it even though I do not share the same taste in books as Murray Browne. Still I came away with a few underlined passages and an enjoyable conversation. My favorite part was the Thomas Pynchon quote,"overb, number 3:'If the can get you asking the wrong questions,they don't have to worry about the answers. This book was not a waste of time but I doubt if it wou [...]
I liked this book.I found it in the library and thought it would be an interesting read.I love to shop for books myself.But if you go in thinking this is a guide to shopping for books you're only part right.I am a little frugal at times and tend to hit the library more often than a bookstore.overall a enjoyable read.
Despite this rating, I did think the author was likable. Unfortunately, he was likable despite his best efforts. I only liked one paragraph in this book. Make your own decision. But don't read it.
Not the most exciting topic, but a comfortable one. I enjoyed the chapter about , about moving boxed of books (the chapter was about weeding ones collection), and his anecdote about Fahrenheit 451.
Would have really benefitted from a full bibliography at the end.
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