Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Yellow Lighted Bookshop

If you’ve ever wanted to delve into the reasons why people who work in bookstores do then this is the book for you.

Lewis Buzbee gives you trivia about the books that survived the destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria, how books came to be printed on paper, what all those symbols on the back of modern books mean and lots more as he recounts his journey from being a high school book lover to a sequester of knowledge about bookstores. He recounts the ins and outs of how a bookstore functions, why he was so enamored of working there and what the future holds for them.

Reading this book is enlightening, enthralling and depressing all at nearly the same time. You are enlightened about the history of books, enthralled at how easy it is today to acquire one that demands your time but depressed about how much more time people are spending on computer games, cell phones and electronic gizmos in general.

You finally put the book down and think about your own bibliophile tendencies. In the end you have to agree with Emily Dickinson who put it as succinctly as possible when she wrote: “There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away…”

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