Books about books magnify the power of literature and story to heal and provide human connection. Find seven books for book lovers, perfect for librarians, bibliophiles, and anyone who loves the magic found between pages.
7 Books for Book Lovers
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
On the banks of the Seine, Jean Perdu runs a bookshop he calls a literary apothecary. Possessing a rare gift to soothe human ailments by prescribing books, Jean can heal anyone except himself.
Heartbroken after the love of his life left him over twenty years ago, Jean locks away all memory of her, along with an unread letter. Until now.
With an Italian chef and young author in tow, our lonely book purveyor is ready to embark on a search for his long lost love.
The Little Paris Bookshop is heartbreaking, hopeful, and funny all at once. It very eloquently expresses the power of books to heal and the need for human connection.
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Juliet Ashton, pen name Izzy Bickerstaff, is on a tour of England promoting her latest book, a comedic compilation of columns about life during WWII.
She receives a letter from Dawsey Adams, a native of Guernsey. Adams is in possession of her copy of a Charles Lamb novel. Curious to learn more about both Lamb and Ashton, he reaches out.
Juliet takes an interest in Adams’ life on Guernsey and in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. After learning more about the group, its taste in books, and its founder Elizabeth, Juliet begins correspondence with other members for her next article on the benefits of literature.
Juliet soon sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her life forever. Written as a series of letters, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a true celebration of books and the written word.
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The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel
Inspired to create his own home library, Manguel recounts everything that went into his thought process.
A bibliophile himself, he recounts his own childhood memories of reading. Additionally, he weaves in the personal libraries of famous authors and lost libraries like Alexandria.
Manguel also talks about preserving the freedom to think, the concept of banned books, and librarians and booksellers who fought oppression.
He touches on the concept of organizing books. Uniquely, he discusses it as a dichotomy; the act of reading is a very personal experience, yet we define books into categories by where we put them on our shelves, thereby limiting a potential reader. As a librarian, it’s an incredibly intriguing, genuine concept.
I personally wrote one of my more important MLIS papers on this book almost ten years ago and it still stands out to me as one of the greatest celebrations of books and libraries as a way to preserve humanity and freedom.
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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Clay Jannon, a laid off web designer, takes a job at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore. After a few days on the job, he begins to realize that there is more to Mr. Penumbra and his book store that he initially thought.
Suspicious of the bookshop’s curious customers, Clay begins to analyze their behavior and seek help from his friends. He discovers, among other things, a savvy cast of characters, codes hidden inside books, and a secret society.
Mr. Penumbra’s secrets extend far beyond his bookstore’s walls. With elements of mystery and adventure, this quick read wittingly brings to light the conflict between technology and print materials.
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The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Part history of libraries and the LA Central Library fire, part ode to libraries and librarians everywhere, The Library Book is aptly named.
On April 29, 1986, L.A. County’s Central Library went up in flames. Susan Orlean recounts the fire, its aftermath and investigation efforts, and the history and future of the Los Angeles Public Library System. Along the way, we’re introduced to a staffers essential to the LAPL system and to the modern library world.
Weaving in her own love of books and libraries, Susan Orlean chronicles the evolution and growing importance of libraries in general. Amidst an unsolved library fire, she tells a larger story of librarianship and library staff, whose everyday work she deems heroic and essential to communities.
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The Book of Lost Books by Stuart Kelly
The Book of Lost Books pays tribute to poems, prose, and plays that were destroyed, lost, unfinished, or never even started.
Consider it a tribute of sorts to a world where lost books exist as more than what-ifs. A world with Jane Austen’s incomplete novel, Sanditon. Shakespeare’s sequel to Love’s Labours Lost – Love’s Labours Won. Sylvia Plath’s second novel. Robert Louis Stevenson’s Weir of Hermiston. Vladimir Nabokov’s Speak, America.
Anyone who loves books, has studied literature, or simply likes history will appreciate this unique expose of what only exists now in thought.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
A childhood classic, Matilda tells the story of an intelligent and curious young girl, buried in her books.
Matilda is ostracized by her parents and her brother. She is deeply misunderstood by Ms. Trunchbull, her school headmistress, who can’t stand intelligent and curious students. She also posesses the rare power of telekinesis, which she uses to play tricks on Ms. Trunchbull.
Matilda eventually forms a special bonds with her teacher, Miss Honey, and confides in her, her secret powers. Through books and their relationship together, Matilda and Miss Honey begin to turn their lives around and discover joy.
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