With an extremely interesting title, this book goes on sale September 17th. It looks like an interesting read for all of us who love books too much. It is a non-fiction suspense and I believe is the author’s first book. Please, welcome her with an add on twitter and Goodreads.
This book was sent to me from Lydia at Penguin books – Thank you Lydia!
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (September 17, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594488916
- ISBN-13: 978-1594488917
In the tradition of The Orchid Thief, a compelling narrative set within the strange and genteel world of rare-book collecting: the true story of an infamous book thief, his victims, and the man determined to catch him.
Rare-book theft is even more widespread than fine-art theft. Most thieves, of course, steal for profit. John Charles Gilkey steals purely for the love of books. In an attempt to understand him better, journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett plunged herself into the world of book lust and discovered just how dangerous it can be.
Gilkey is an obsessed, unrepentant book thief who has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of rare books from book fairs, stores, and libraries around the country. Ken Sanders is the self-appointed "bibliodick" (book dealer with a penchant for detective work) driven to catch him. Bartlett befriended both outlandish characters and found herself caught in the middle of efforts to recover hidden treasure. With a mixture of suspense, insight, and humor, she has woven this entertaining cat-and-mouse chase into a narrative that not only reveals exactly how Gilkey pulled off his dirtiest crimes, where he stashed the loot, and how Sanders ultimately caught him but also explores the romance of books, the lure to collect them, and the temptation to steal them. Immersing the reader in a rich, wide world of literary obsession, Bartlett looks at the history of book passion, collection, and theft through the ages, to examine the craving that makes some people willing to stop at nothing to possess the books they love.
Allison Hoover Bartlett is the author of The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession (Riverhead Books, September 2009). She has written on a variety of topics, including travel, art, science and education, for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Salon.com, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, and other publications. Her original article on John Gilkey was included in the Best American Crime Reporting 2007.
Bartlett is a founding member of the writing group North 24th and works at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, a collective studio. Bartlett has a B.A. in English literature from UC Santa Barbara and lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.
Purchasing links for Amazon are here respectively – US/UK/CanadaThe Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession/ The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession/ The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession
Review coming soon!