One for the Books
By Joe Queenan
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143124207, 256pp.)
Publication Date: October 29, 2013
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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An absolute must-read for anyone who loves books
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 fansas well as anyone who loves books and readingwill want to join him on his unforgettably funny and moving journey.
Joe Queenan is the author of nine books and writes the Moving Targets” column for the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Tarrytown, New York.
Joe Queenan reads so many books, it's amazing that he can also find time to write them. Queenan estimates he's read between 6,000 and 7,000 books total, at a rate of about 125 books a year. His latest work, One for the Books, is all about what he reads and why. More at NPR.org
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