Packing My Library: An Elegy And Ten Digressions

byAlberto Manguel

Hardcover | March 20, 2018

Packing My Library: An Elegy And Ten Digressions by Alberto Manguel
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A best-selling author and world-renowned bibliophile meditates on his vast personal library and champions the vital role of all libraries.

In June 2015 Alberto Manguel prepared to leave his centuries-old village home in France’s Loire Valley and reestablish himself in a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Packing up his enormous, 35,000-volume personal library, choosing which books to keep, store, or cast out, Manguel found himself in deep reverie on the nature of relationships between books and readers, books and collectors, order and disorder, memory and reading. In this poignant and personal reevaluation of his life as a reader, the author illuminates the highly personal art of reading and affirms the vital role of public libraries.
 
Manguel’s musings range widely, from delightful reflections on the idiosyncrasies of book lovers to deeper analyses of historic and catastrophic book events, including the burning of ancient Alexandria’s library and contemporary library lootings at the hands of ISIS. With insight and passion, the author underscores the universal centrality of books and their unique importance to a democratic, civilized, and engaged society.
Title:Packing My Library: An Elegy And Ten DigressionsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:160 pages, 7.75 X 5 X 0.69 inShipping dimensions:160 pages, 7.75 X 5 X 0.69 inPublished:March 20, 2018Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300219334

ISBN - 13:9780300219333

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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