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1.
The Book on the Bookshelf
by Henry Petroski


Knopf
Hardcover - 290 pages
1 Ed edition (September 1999)
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3.5 out of 5 stars
Amazon.com
Consider the book. Though Goodnight Moon and Finnegans Wake differ considerably in content and intended audience, they do share some basic characteristics. They have pages, they're roughly the same shape, and whether in a bookstore, library, or private home, they are generally stored vertically on... Read more

2.
The Books in My Life
by Henry Miller


W W Norton & Co
Paperback
(October 1969)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
brucekone@pinehurst.net, June 17, 2000 4 out of 5 stars
A good source for serious readers and aspiring writers
Unlike the other reviewers here, whose views I respect by the way, I'm not a big fan of Miller-as-author. I find his writing megalomaniacal and egocentric in the extreme. He never seems to tire of telling us about himself and his exploits. He found himself endlessly fascinating, not unlike Rousseau... Read more

 


3.
The History and Power of Writing
by Henri Jean Martin, Lydia G. Cochrane (Translator)


University of Chicago Press
Paperback
(October 1995)
 
From Booklist
Martin's comprehensive work is a fascinating examination of forms and structures of writing throughout history, from as far back as the earliest efforts of archaic civilizations, to medieval language studies, European papermaking ventures, and the present day's hi-tech modes of recording and... Read more

4.
Reading National Geographic
by Catherine A. Lutz, Jane L. Collins (Contributor)


University of Chicago Press
Paperback - 309 pages
(September 1993)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4 out of 5 stars
Book Description
For its millions of readers, the National Geographic has long been a window to the world of exotic peoples and places. In this fascinating account of an American institution, Catherine A. Lutz and Jane L. Collins explore the possibility that the magazine, in purporting to teach us about distant... Read more

5.
The Essential Library for Irish Americans
by Morgan Llywelyn


St Martins Pr (Trade)
Library Binding - 320 pages
1 Ed edition (March 1999)
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5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
An instructive, opinionated annotated list of books for anyone in America who is Irish or Irish at heart. Read more

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Shakespeare and Company
by Sylvia Beach, James Laughlin (Introduction)


Univ of Nebraska Pr
Paperback - 230 pages
Reprint edition (October 1991)
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4 out of 5 stars
Jerry F., May 29, 2000 4 out of 5 stars
An excellent account of a literary life
These memoirs by Sylvia Beach--originally published in the 1950s--are reprinted here exactly as published. Ms. Beach became one of the most prominent Americans in Paris during the twenties and thirties by opening a bookstore called "Shakespeare & Company" (the title of this book). But... Read more

 


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A History of Reading in the West (Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book)
by Guglielmo Cavallo(Editor), et al


Univ. of Massachusetts Press
Hardcover - 496 pages
(December 1999)
 
Synopsis
Covering the long history of literacy in the Western World, a wide variety of experts comments on the role of books and reading in shaping culture, politics, public opinion, and mores from antiquity to the present. Read more

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The Evolution of the Book
by Frederick G. Kilgour


Oxford Univ Press
Hardcover - 208 pages
(March 1998)
 

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The Century of Artists' Books
by Johanna Drucker


Granary Books
Paperback - 377 pages
(January 1996)
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5 out of 5 stars
Amazon.com
The first full-length analysis of the development of artists' books as a 20th-century art form, this book explores more than 200 titles: their structure, form, and conceptualization. In this detailed examination of the works of many well-known book artists and publishers, such as William Blake,... Read more

10.   Order of Books
by Roger Chartier, Lydia G. Cochrane (Translator)


Stanford Univ Pr (S)
Paperback - 126 pages
(May 1994)
  Avg. Customer Review:
3.5 out of 5 stars
Sean Keilen, April 11, 2000 5 out of 5 stars
Chartier's Order of Books--Terrific!
I want to respond to the obnoxious review that vives@earthlink.net made of this book. I found The Order of Books to be informative, exciting, lucid, and memorable. The implication that it is stylistically opaque or excessively academic is unjust and untrue. This book says a great deal about the... Read more

 


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A Feeling for Books : The Book-Of-The-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle-Class Desire
by Janice A. Radway


Univ of North Carolina Pr
Paperback - 448 pages
(August 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
3 out of 5 stars
The New York Times Book Review, Fred Miller Robinson
The most interesting things about this book are its problems ... What makes the book at once more ambitious, distinctive and problematic is that Radway frames her study with a kind of intellectual and social autobiography. In Part I she describes her time spent with the Book-of-the-Month Club in the... Read more

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100 Banned Books : Censorship Histories of World Literature
by Nicholas J. Karolides, et al


Checkmark Books
Paperback - 420 pages
(September 1999)
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4 out of 5 stars
Book Description
Throughout history, writers have had their works of literature and social, political, and religious thought censored in the United States and around the world. 100 Banned Books profiles 25 well-known, often classic works in each of these categories that have especially significant censorship... Read more

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Commerce With the Classics : Ancient Books and Renaissance Readers (Jerome Lectures, 20)
by Anthony Grafton


Univ of Michigan Pr
Hardcover
(November 1997)
 

14.   The English Common Reader : A Social History of the Mass Reading Public, 1800-1900
by Richard Daniel Altick, Jonathan Rose


Ohio State Univ Pr (Txt)
Paperback - 440 pages
2nd edition (August 1998)
 

15.   The Art & History of Books
by Norma Levarie, Nicolas Barker (Introduction)


The Lyons Press
Paperback - 315 pages
Reprint edition (March 1995)
 

16.   Comic Book Culture : Fanboys and True Believers (Studies in Popular Culture)
by Matthew J. Pustz


Univ Pr of Mississippi (Trd)
Paperback - 232 pages
(February 2000)
  Avg. Customer Review:
3 out of 5 stars
Brad Bowersox , April 2, 2000 3 out of 5 stars
Nice
The book was well orginized, however it rushed through some things and did not cover other things (like the comic code)... I was looking to use the book for a text for a class I am in on the history of comics, yet it did not do the job... oh welll it was only 50 dollars... arg Read more

 


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A History of the Book in America : The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World (History of the Book in America, Vol 1)
by Hugh Amory(Editor), David D. Hall (Editor)


Cambridge Univ Pr (Short)
Hardcover - 688 pages
Vol 1 (December 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
Volume 1, The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World is organized around three major themes: the persisting colonial relationship between European settlements and the Old World; the gradual emergence of a pluralistic book trade that differentiated printers from booksellers; and the transition from a... Read more

18.   Reading in America : Literature & Social History
by Cathy N. Davidson(Editor)


Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
Paperback - 307 pages
(September 1989)
 
From Book News, Inc. , June 1, 1990
Twelve essays explore the history and role of books in the US. Among the topics are the route of a book from author to reader, reading habits of Victorian women, and the place of books in an increasingly oral culture. No index. Paperback edition (unseen), . Annotation copyright Book News, Inc.... Read more

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Great Books : My Adventures With Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World
by David Denby


Touchstone Books
Paperback - 496 pages
Reprint edition (September 1997)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
David Denby, New York city movie critic and journalist, entered Columbia University in 1991 to take the university's famous course in "Great Books." This is the course that, in preserving the notion of the western canon without apology to multiculturalists and feminists, has been an... Read more

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A History of Reading
by Alberto Manguel


Penguin USA (paper)
Paperback - 384 pages
Reprint edition (October 1997)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
This wide-ranging and erudite exploration of the topic of reading is suffused with the spirit of Manguel's fellow Argentinian Jorge Luis Borges. Manguel takes us through the history of reading as if leading us room by room through the infinite library Borges constructed in one of his famous stories.... Read more

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A Gentle Madness : Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books
by Nicholas A. Basbanes


Henry Holt & Company, Inc.
Paperback - 656 pages
1 Owl book edition (March 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
What a delightful book about books and people who love books! As a second generation bibliophile, a possible bibliomane who had several people move out of my house a year ago because they erroneously believed that my books were taking over the household, and a devout employee of "Earth's Biggest... Read more

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The Nature of the Book : Print and Knowledge in the Making
by Adrian Johns


Univ of Chicago Pr (Trd)
Hardcover - 753 pages
(October 1998)
  Avg. Customer Review:
3.5 out of 5 stars
Amazon.com
Weighing in at 750-plus pages, Adrian Johns's sturdy tome is several books in one. At one level, it is a close study of print culture in early modern England, a time of civil war in which social and civic relations were being remade from the mores of feudal monarchy to a politics approximating... Read more

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Bookstore : The Life and Times of Jeannette Watson and Books & Co.
by Lynne Tillman, Woody Allen (Preface)


Harcourt Brace
Hardcover - 352 pages
1 Ed edition (October 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Amazon.com
Every few years a new book comes along that belongs to a select category one might label "the bookstore bio." Comprising such titles as Old Books, Rare Friends or 84 Charing Cross Road, these few, these happy few biographies are purportedly about the proprietors of a particular store. In reality,... Read more

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Cultures of Print : Essays in the History of the Book (Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book)
by David D. Hall, David B. Hall


Univ. of Massachusetts Press
Paperback
(November 1996)
 

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Great Books : My Adventures With Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World
by David Denby


Simon & Schuster
Hardcover - 512 pages
(September 1996)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
David Denby, New York city movie critic and journalist, entered Columbia University in 1991 to take the university's famous course in "Great Books." This is the course that, in preserving the notion of the western canon without apology to multiculturalists and feminists, has been an... Read more

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