The Yellow-lighted Bookshop : A Memoir, A History, Paperback Book

The Yellow-lighted Bookshop : A Memoir, A History Paperback

4 out of 5 (12 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press,U.S.
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  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9781555975104



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I love books about books and this is one of the treasures of the genre. An account of the author's life in bookselling and the books he has loved along the way. A must for other 'books about books'-lovers.

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A must read for the bibliofool, er...bibliophile...but aren't they the same? Buzbee came by his book obsession at an early age and went on to make a career out of his passion for books.This book is subtitled "a memoir, a history." The historical aspect was interesting. I especially enjoyed the fascinating story of how Joyce's <u>Ulysses</u> came to be published. The real thrill of the book, however, came in Buzbee's personal experiences with books and bookselling. I loved the memories of Weekly Readers and thinking about the books I read during my formative years.Buzbee knows me and other book lovers so well. He shares the same affinity for bookstores (and I'll add libraries to that) that I feel: "Books...give body to our ideas and imagination, make them flesh in the world; a bookstore is the city where our fleshed-out inner selves reside."

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Busbee has been involved with books his whole life and this memoir delineates some of his experiences as a bookshop employee, as a bookseller for a publishing company ans as a shopper in many westcoast bookshops.Between his bits of memoir, he has also incorporated the history of bookmaking and bookselling. He discuss the ancients who wrote on papyrus and parchment (originally lambskin), and rice paper.It is a fascinating book if the reader has any interst in the subject.

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This is a fantastic book. A must-read for bibliophiles. It's a love letter to books and bookshops. I read it in one sitting.

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The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop; a Memoir, a History. Lewis Buzbee. 2006. Buzbee, not only loves to read; he loves books, just like I do. Buzbee relates his love affair with books as he chronicles the history of books, reading, publishing, and bookselling from ancient times up to the present day. I found his account of Sylvia Beech and the publishing of Ulyssesfascinating.I had no idea how difficult it was. Book and bookstore lovers will enjoy.

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