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; Judith Brackley (Narrator)
(Tantor Media, , 9781400113439)

Publication Date: January 4, 2010

Other Editions of This Title: , , Hardcover, Paperback, Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the October 2009 Indie Next List
“Allison Hoover Bartlett has written an excellent account of an obsessed book collector who steals the books he wants, and a self-styled biblio-detective, a bookseller who can't stand the thought of someone stealing books. This one is full of good information and is a riveting story, to boot.”
-- Rich Chasse, The Kennebunk Book Port, Kennebunkport, ME


In telling the true story of book thief John Charles Gilkey and the man who was driven to capture him, Journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett explores the larger history of book passion, collection, and theft through the ages.

About the Author

Allison Hoover Bartlett works as a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Salon, the San Francisco Magazine, Alternative Health, and other publications. Her story about a rare book thief that was published in San Francisco Magazine was included in Best American Crime Reporting 2007. Bartlett is a cofounder of the writing group North 24th, and she works at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children. Judith Brackley worked in major market radio for twenty years as an announcer, program director, and producer for commercial broadcast outlets and NPR affiliates. She has numerous radio spots, industrial voice-overs, and narrations to her credit, including for the Prudential Insurance Company, Gillette, Hewlett-Packard, Polaroid, and National Geographic. She is also a nationally published writer.

Praise For The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

"[Brackley's] soft voice, often near a toned whisper, adds the right atmosphere to a biography of a creepy man and a reporter's long search for his motive." ---AudioFile

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