9 Jan

A Perigee Book/the Penguin Group
Hard cover first edition 2011
Non-fiction, arts, photography – 182 pages

This is an out of the ordinary little book, just received this morning. And, even though I have already finished it, it’s one of those books that will be slid from oft the shelf from time to time, so as to glean some nuances missed the first time around.

The author, Michael Popek is a bookseller in a family owned Antiquarian and used bookstore in New York. One of his tasks, if you can even call it that, is buying and sorting books. Whilst so doing, over the years, he has discovered some interesting ephemera forgotten and left inside books by earlier owners: photographs; letters, cards, notes; receipts, invoices; four-leaf clovers, and the such. He compiled a few ‘finds’ along with book references to share with us, giving glimpses into the lives of the prior readers.

Come to think about it, I’m certain I may have left a few of my own ‘bookmarks’ in a book here and there along the way. I like to clip articles about my books and their authors, placing those articles in their respective volumes. So, inheritor of my vast collection of Tomes – careful with my friends as they may reveal secrets of their own.

Any book lover will want to add this one to his collection. Interesting little book indeed.



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