June 26, 2009
My Kind of Book!
In my most recent Shelf Awareness Newsletter I noticed a flash banner at the top about this upcoming new release. My kind of book...a book about books, being obsessed with books to the point of stealing them, solving the thefts of books and the methods behind the crimes. Was there ever a book you wanted so much you thought about stealing it? Has your love of books ever led you to behave in an extreme manner? The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett - Hardcover September 17, 2009 John Charles Gilkey is an obsessed, unrepentant book thief who has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of rare books from book fairs, stories, and libraries around the country. Ken Sanders is the self-appointed "bibliodick" (book dealer with a penchant for detective work) driven to catch him. Journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett befriended both eccentric characters and found herself caught in the middle of efforts to recover hidden treasure. With a mixture of suspense, insight, and humor, she not only reveals exactly how Gilkey pulled off his dirtiest crimes and how Sanders ultimately caught him, but also explores the romance of books, the lure to collect them, and the temptation to steal them. Immersing the reader in a rich, wide world of literary obsession, Bartlett looks at the history of book passion, collection, and theft through the ages, to examine the craving that makes some people willing to stop at nothing to possess the books they love. GoodReads has a giveaway to win a copy of the book although it is only open to U.S. residents and ends on June 29, 2009. To Answer My Questions Above: I have never thought about stealing a book but I have thought about seriously maiming someone who has borrowed one of my books and not returned it. Now I never loan out my books to anyone...period. I am very attached and very obsessive about the books I do own and I try to keep my collections the same size. It pissed me off when tall paperback format was introduced...99% of the time I refuse to buy the tall paperback...the publishing industry should have thought about this one more. I catologue all the books I own or wish to own using Bookpedia. I have spent a lot of time, effort and money trying to complete various author collections. Now that I have revealed all my secrets what are yours?