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An intriguing historical study of libraries and books, their preservation, and destruction, from the U.S. to Europe and Asia, from medieval monasteries and Vatican collections to the ever-changing information highway of today.
A perfect companion for anyone who loves good writing and an inspiration for anyone who is just beginning to discover a love of books. Each entry is accompanied by an authoritative yet opinionated critical essay describing the importance and influence of the work in question. Also included are publishing history and career details about the authors, as well as reproductions of period dust jackets and book designs.
Featuring contributions from Isaac Babel, Jorge Luis Borge, Ray Bradbury, Francine Prose, and Nikki Giovanni, a noted librarian presents a magnificent collection of stories that celebrates the library–a realm filled with endless possibilities, excitement, romance, and adventure.
An investigator tries to connect unexplained events to an underground library of the past, where lonely citizens had met to read one another’s dairies, an endeavor that had led to nighttime massacres and the library’s erasure from history.
The author shares personal essays on diverse topics ranging from literary pets and cursive writing to book inscriptions and the pleasures of science fiction conventions.
Assigned to watch the restless characters of books left unfinished by their authors, a head librarian of Hell’s neutral Unwritten Wing tracks an escaped Hero before an angel attack reveals the existence of a powerful literary weapon.
A head librarian trying to forget the painful realities of her suburban past unexpectedly bonds with a teenager performing community service, a disgruntled former Wall Street high flyer, and other offbeat regulars who encourage her out of her self-imposed isolation.
Describes how a group of Timbuktu librarians enacted a daring plan to smuggle the city’s great collection of rare Islamic manuscripts away from the threat of destruction at the hands of Al Quaeda militants to the safety of southern Mali.
A mesmerizing fusion of the mystical and the everyday, The Book Charmer is a heartwarming story about the magic of books that feels more than a little magical itself
After she and a dozen other children found them being raised by “Father,” a cruel man with mysterious powers, Carolyn and her “siblings” begin to think he might be God; so when he dies, they square off against each other to determine who will inherit his library, which they believe holds the power to all Creation.
A glimpse into the deep friendship between two women at an early twentieth-century rehabilitation home for cast-out single mothers, and the reclusive librarian who discovers their story a century later.
Moving into Ivy Cottage with the two Miss Groves, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford resolves to earn her own livelihood and discovers mysteries among her inherited library that she investigates at the side of a former love.
Investigating the thefts of rare book pages from a prestigious Venetian library, Commissario Guido Brunetti is stymied by numerous possible suspects and the murder of a seemingly harmless theologian.
When her favorite patron, a book-loving ten-year-old, runs away from overbearing parents, children’s librarian Lucy Hull flees with the boy and discovers that they are being pursued by an anonymous adversary.
Discovering a mysterious book of prisoner tales, a Vermont graduate student recognizes a story from his own life before following clues to a magical underground library that is being targeted for destruction.
An illustrated love letter to all things bookish includes a tour of some of the world’s most beautiful bookstores, quizzes for testing one’s literary knowledge, and recipes for famous fictional meals.
In a fantastical illustrated short novel, three people imprisoned in a nightmarish library plot their escape.
Contains inspiring, funny, and heartwarming stories about cats told from the perspective of Dewey’s Mom, librarian Myron. Includes never-before-told stories about Dewey, along with other touching cat tales.
Susan Orlean reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution: our libraries.
Including contributions from Al Roker, Carl Hiaasen, Gillian Flynn, Liev Schreiber, Tim Gunn, Margaret Atwood, Mayim Bialik and many others, 100 of today’s most prominent literary and cultural icons share the books that changed their life, why they love them and their passion with readers everywhere.
A shy librarian whose kind heart is often exploited receives a mysterious book of fairy tales from the beloved grandmother she believed dead and embarks on a perspective-changing journey of astonishing family secrets.
A boy named Daniel selects a novel from a library of rare books, enjoying it so much that he searches for the rest of the author’s works, only to discover that someone is destroying every book the author has ever written.
A Harvard graduate and lapsed Orthodox Jew chronicles his stint as a librarian in a tough Boston prison, where he met such inmates as a pimp who enlisted his help writing a memoir and a gangster who dreamed of hosting a cooking show.
Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, finds a mysterious book that holds the key to a curse that has haunted a family of traveling circus performers for generations.
As young children, we are taught to read, but soon go on to forget just how miraculous a process it is, this turning of scratches and dots into understanding, unease and inspiration. Perhaps we need to stop and remember, stop and learn again how to read better. Damon Young shows us how to do exactly this, walking alongside some of the greatest readers who light a path for us.