Dear Fahrenheit 451

Dear Fahrenheit 451

Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks : A Librarian's Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life

eBook - 2017
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"A Gen-X librarian's laugh-out-loud funny, deeply moving collection of love letters and break-up notes to the books in her life. Librarians spend their lives weeding. Not weeds, but books! Books that have reached the end of their shelf life, both literally and figuratively. They remove the ones that patrons no longer check out, and they put back the ones they treasure. Annie Spence, who has a decade of experience as a Midwestern librarian, does this not only at her Michigan library but also at home, for her neighbors, at cocktail parties--everywhere. In Dear Fahrenheit 451, she addresses those books directly. We read her love letters to Just Kids and Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury, as well as her break-ups with The Giving Tree and Dear John. Her notes to The Goldfinch and The Time Traveler's Wife feel like classics. Through the lens of the books in her life, Annie comments on everything from feminism to health to poverty to childhood aspirations. Hilarious, compassionate, and wise, Dear Fahrenheit 451 is the consummate book-lover's book"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2017
ISBN: 9781250113887
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor


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VaughanPLDonnalee May 14, 2018

This is a great little book for people who love books. A librarian writes a series of letters to various books that have had some sort of impact in her life. Some of the letters are love letters, others are more break-up letters. The tone is mostly funny and irreverent, with the occasional wistful letter. There's lots of librarian humour. Readers will inevitably start reminiscing about some of the significant books in their own lives. There are also some handy lists of interesting books at the end. Highly recommended for people who love books.

LoganLib_Kirra Mar 27, 2018

This book is one of the best non-fiction books I've read but also the worst because now I have a hundred more books I want to read from all the recommendations. I loved how quick this book was while also giving the reader a great sense of worth to each page with humour and wit. The author recalls books she has read and writes letters to them (about two or three pages long) that are enthralling. As a fellow library worker I also get a special satisfaction with books from librarians because I get those day-to-day tasks, emotions and hilarious moments.

ehbooklover Feb 03, 2018

A fun, light, clever, and very entertaining collection of letters that the author wrote to various books that she has crossed paths with during all stages of her life. I loved the author's writing style and found myself laughing out loud several times while reading this. Bonus: the author has compiled several lists of book titles that can be found near the end of the book covering such subjects as books about librarians, books for significant others who don't read, etc.

CircMary Jan 23, 2018

Are books some of the characters in your own life? Then you will relate to this book that is written as letters to some of the titles in this librarian/author’s life. Sometimes heartfelt, sometimes wickedly funny - you won’t finish it without some new titles you will want to meet.

OPL_ErinD Jan 22, 2018

This book had me at the first sentence. Annie Spence is a librarian after my own heart. Highly recommended for book lovers and those who love and loathe books equally but understand the incredible power of reading and the idea that every book has its reader.

JessicaGma Jan 22, 2018

A brilliant little look written by a librarian where she writes letters to books she loved and some she did not. If you love books, this is a great read.

vm510 Nov 30, 2017

A sweet, amusing book about books and libraries. There are some great book recommendations and silly ruminations here. It was great on audio - Annie Spence's personality, humor, and puns come through. A lighthearted, fun book.

Nov 10, 2017

This is a fun book for any book lover but will be especially loved by anyone who works in a library. The tone is quite snarky which may not appeal to some people but I found it to be a really entertaining, quick read.

GCPL_Angela Oct 30, 2017

So very funny -- I think millennial book lovers are sure to see themselves in these pages. Annie is irreverent and snarky and has read widely and adventurously. Yet even as she skewers certain titles, she also makes the absolutely essential point that ALL reading is good reading if YOU enjoy it. A word of warning: your "TBR" list may grow exponentially as you take note of the recommendations here!

ArapahoeKati Oct 23, 2017

I loved every single page of this! If you love books (or are curious about what goes on in a librarian's mind about books and reading), this book is for you. It's funny, dry, sarcastic and full of hilarious insights that had me rereading passages aloud to anyone who would listen.


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