Monday, July 18, 2011

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

I thought I'd mention a book I read a month or two ago, The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Alison Hoover Bartlett.  It's the true story of a book thief, John Gilkey, and the bookstore owner-turned-detective, Ken Sanders.  Sanders helped catch Gilkey after he committed a string of thefts of rare books in the late nineties.  The author, Bartlett, talks in depth with both Gilkey and Sanders, and ultimately finds herself involved in the story as well.

It's a quick, intriguing read, and a window into a world I'd never thought about.  (I love to read, but rare book collecting had never occurred to me.)  I wish it could've been longer, though.

Should you read it? If the topic interests you, yes, why not?

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