Source: Library (someday, this will say ARC copy or something.)
Publisher: Penguin Group, NY
In Closing Time, Joe Queenan shared how he became a voracious reader to escape a joyless childhood. Now, like many bibliophiles, he fears for the books that once saved him. In One for the Books, Queenan examines the entire culture of reading and what books really mean in people’s lives today. What does it suggest if a person has no books displayed in his living room? Can an obsession with reading prove detrimental to one’s well being? How useful are covers in selling books? Queenan’s many fans—as well as anyone who loves books and reading—will want to join him on his unforgettably funny and moving journey.
"I have rarely been treated especially well in bookstores. I think this is because I do not look like a book lover. I look more like a cop."
"When I do have books forced upon me, like Christmas puddings I will not eat or klezmer records I will not listen to, I stick them in a dark corner of one of my bookshelves, where they will rot forever."
"Being asked to write a blurb for a friend is like being asked to give a friend's grow, dysfunctional kid a summer job. 'I may like you; that doesn't mean I have to like your swinish progeny.'"
"Security soon arrived. Security was chunky, poorly dressed. Security was not happy to have been summoned. Security was dead serious."
"Montherlant was an extremelty dour novelist and playwright whose most famous works are the plays [insert French names], though he also wrote several very fine, if dour novels.
- Sometimes, it got just a little too snarky. Trust me, I’m all for cynicism and sarcasm and snark when it has its saving graces. But in this book? It got a little repetitive. I mean, dude, can’t you say a few nice things about people?
- One or too offensive references. I’m a homeschooled prude. I’m also a particularly naive teen, and I didn’t appreciate some of the humor that in my opinion, wasn’t humorous.
- It was beautifully written.
- It was hilarious.
- It was at the same time superb.
- It told lots of exquisite stories (yay for nonfiction that’s fun to read!!).
- It was snarky. Yep, this is a pro and a con.
Tragedy has struck!
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P.S. I'm sorry that the photos are rather blurry and dark. I'm just way too lazy to edit them right now.