What would you do for the love of a good book?
For John Charles Gilkey, the answer is: go to prison.
Back in September '09, Riverhead Books sent me a "book lovers" book in the mail called The Man Who Loved Books Too Much:The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett. Allison is a great writer and the story of John Gilkey, a man who stole books for the pure love of the books, was so interesting! We had a lot of fun on the blog too, commenting on what books we would "steal" if we were a book thief! Here's what I wrote about the book...
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett is an adventure for all of us who love books! For those of us who love not just what's inside them, but the heft of them in our hands, the sensation of the texture of the pages as we turn them, the beauty of the book itself...
This story takes us into the lives of John Gilkey, an obsessed & bold book thief, Ken Sanders the man who made it his mission to catch Gilkey, and the journalist and author, Allison Hoover Bartlett, who explores the world of rare & beautiful books with the people who sell & collect them, including Sanders AND Gilkey.
In the opening of the book, a 400 yr. old book called a Kreuterbuch sits on Allison Hoover Bartlett's desk. I love old books, and just the way Allison described the Kreuterbuch in the prologue, "the pages, when turned, make a muffled crack... a dry woody smell..." I knew this would be a different kind of 'book thief' story. A book written by a person who truly appreciates & enjoys books - and not just for what's inside!
Read my Full Review from Sept. 9, 2009! Read the full list of the Books We'd Steal if we were book thieves from Sept. 18th, 2009! And in the meantime, The Man Who Loved Books Too Much is finally out in paperback and to celebrate, courtesy of Riverhead Books, we're going to have a giveaway! You have a chance to win one of two copies! Here's how to Enter...
*For One Entry, leave me a comment with your email address!
*For a Bonus entry, tell me what book you would steal if you were a thief! (we all love books, so don't be shy!)
This giveaway is open to U.S. Only (No PO boxes). The book will be shipped to the winner directly from the publishers. Contest ends 11:59pm EST on Oct. 29th, 2010. I will randomly pick the winners the next day and email them! Good Luck!