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34. “Outwitting History,” Aaron Lansky

June 10, 2010 Leave a comment

This book was so good. It was touching, funny, educational, and, above all, inspirational. A man who has saved more than 1.5 million books in a language that is dying and gets (or got) little respect? A man who digitized a language by scanning thousands of out-of-print books and making them available for free– starting in 1998, when we were all still using AOL? A man who made me want to learn Yiddish AND write a cheque to support his work? Well played, Aaron Lansky. Seriously, this dude could be featured on Badass of the Week. His business card should just say “Aaron Lansky, Mensch.”

Lately my summaries have been short out of laziness and apathy. This one is short because I don’t want to rob you of the pleasure of reading this book!

Page count: 312
Page total: 8,437
Call number: Z987.L25 2004

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32. “Sixpence House,” Paul Collins

June 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Paul Collins, his wife Jennifer, and their 18-month-old song Morgan move from their home in San Francisco to Hay-on-Wye, Wales, “the Town of Books.” Hay boasts an impressive 1,500 inhabitants and forty bookstores.

Page count: 319
Page total: 7,853

23. “The Man Who Loved Books Too Much,” Allison Hoover Bartlett

April 17, 2010 Leave a comment

The problem with these book-stealing books is that for a day or two after I read them, stealing books starts to seem like a pretty good idea. The authors get so excited about the pleasures of knowing that a culturally and financially valuable books is yours alone that, as far as crimes go, it starts to sound pretty poetic. I’ve noticed lately that I like reading books more than owning them, though, so I’ll stick with keeping library books a week or so past their due dates when I need to create a bibliographic crime.

Page count: 274
Page total: 5,662

16. “The Island of Lost Maps,” Miles Harvey

March 21, 2010 Leave a comment

This book details the author’s obsessive research into a series of map thefts perpetrated by Gilbert Bland. Bland would visit libraries (mostly at universities) and cut valuable antique maps from the books, selling them to map enthusiasts.

Page count: 351
Page total: 4,094