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  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing; Revised edition (April 30 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555912400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555912406
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,599,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This humorous tenth-anniversary edition brings book addiction out of the closet.

About the Author

Tom Raabe, a dedicated biblioholic, has taught Yankee sports to Australian high schoolers and worked for newpapers in Portland, Maine, and San Diego. In his book-free days, he was still able to travel and visited Indonesia, Singapore, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, and Europe. For the last few years he has worked as a freelance editor and writer in Denver. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
THE PLOT OR PREMISE:
A mixed-tone argument that you can be "addicted" to reading and owning books, with some examples of book hoarders of years-gone-by.

WHAT I LIKED:
There are some really good "humour" lists, kind of like a Letterman top ten list for:

- Moving when you have a lot of books;
- A Biblioholic's test (how big is your problem);
- The snobbish Discovery Index (I knew the author when..);
- Reading in restaurants;
- Latin explanations of literary taste: "De gustibus non est disputandum" -- Everyone to their own non-disputable tastes; and,
- the Ten commandments for the Book Handler.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The author can't seem to decide what the book is -- a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek ode to book hoarders everywhere or a serious tome about an actual mental illness. The book starts out with a light-hearted look at those who feel an overwhelming urge to buy books i.e. "biblioholics". By the end, however, he treats it like a real mental illness that requires awareness and treatment. Either approach could work, but bouncing between one and the other wears out really fast.

Perhaps this would have been better as a collection of small articles for a small newspaper, and even then, in dire need of an editor to give it better focus and less repetition. But even in a series of newspaper articles, I suspect the reader would tire of the subject matter very quickly -- the metaphor is dragged out far past its prime.

THE BOTTOM LINE:
A well-researched book full of age-old biblioholics and their little anecdotes, but the choice to both treat it as a real disease and make fun of it loses the reader quickly. 2.0 lilypads out of 5.0, buoyed slightly by the humour lists.

Other Information:
- Source: Library
- Original date of review: February 2001, Updated 2011
- Tags: Historical, Non-fiction, Prose, Psychology, Self-help
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By Tina TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 14 2002
Format: Paperback
I love books about books. I purchased this one on a whim. Although I like the comedic aspect of this book, it really did not fulfill my need to read about the love of books.
I would definitely consider this more of a humour book than any kind of serious look at the love of books. Good for a laugh though.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 13 2004
Format: Paperback
...about this book from the head of my English department at college a year ago. She's a book addict. I'm a worse one. I lost count of my library after hitting 10,000. I buy books far, far faster than I can read them (last count: 823). I keep a master list on MS Excel of all the books I want to buy 'some day'. Current total: 1714. I have no shelf space left. No closet space left. No room in the basement or attic. And there's no 12-step group for biblioholics.
This book was the perfect thing to make my husband read to show him I wasn't the only book addict in the world. The fact that it was hiliarious didn't hurt, either.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Walter Snyder on Jan. 2 2003
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This is the first book I recommend to friends who already have "too many books" (as if that were possible!). While humorous, Raabe's book also gives historical insight into people who make most current avid collectors pale by comparison. And he shows the range of reasons why people acquire volumes, whether to boost one's social standing, to admire, to eat, or even to read. Amazingly, while I've lent my copy several times, it's always come back (maybe the chapter about sticky-fingered borrowers tweaks consciences).
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Weinhold on July 17 2003
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I have never seen a book get to the heart of my psyche like this one!!! I could not believe the descriptions! I am a compulsive bookbuyer--and reader--this book helped me realize that there are others out there.
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