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DISCUSS The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett

From Publishers Weekly:
Bartlett delves into the world of rare books and those who collect—and steal—them with mixed results. On one end of the spectrum is Salt Lake City book dealer Ken Sanders, whose friends refer to him as a book detective, or Bibliodick. On the other end is John Gilkey, who has stolen over $100,000 worth of rare volumes, mostly in California. A lifelong book lover, Gilkey's passion for rare texts always exceeded his income, and he began using stolen credit card numbers to purchase, among others, first editions of Beatrix Potter and Mark Twain from reputable dealers. Sanders, the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association's security chair, began compiling complaints from ripped-off dealers and became obsessed with bringing Gilkey to justice. Bartlett's journalistic position is enviable: both men provided her almost unfettered access to their respective worlds. Gilkey recounted his past triumphs in great detail, while Bartlett's interactions with the unrepentant, selfish but oddly charming Gilkey are revealing (her original article about himself appeared in The Best Crime Reporting 2007). Here, however, she struggles to weave it all into a cohesive narrative

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  • Programs at Reed Library C.

    Linda, Your comment sums up our discussion. We all agreed that she succeeded in giving us information on the rare book world. But, we were also very disappointed with the disjointed writing. See you soon! Janet

    February 19, 2013

  • Linda G.

    ...in the meantime I finished May's book and I LOVED IT!!!

    February 7, 2013

  • Linda G.

    I have to cancel tonite, but here's my take. I had a hard time getting into the book. I pushed through, and I did get into it. I found it to be all over the place, though I got interested in it as it went on. I still have 50 pages to read so I cannot comment on the ending. I will finish the book. It is def not a book that you cannot put down, but worth a read, and I learned a few things about First Editions and book collectors.

    February 7, 2013

  • Fiona R.

    Sorry, I'm not well and haven't managed to read the book. See you next month

    November 27, 2012

  • Lydia K.

    Sounds like a good book for a discussion!

    October 11, 2012

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