Books about books

Going over approval plan books, I have run into two interesting books about books. First, Ali Smith’s The Book Lover (New York: Anchor Books, 2006, 978-0-307-38608-3) seems to be a charming treasure trove of books that Ali loved over the course of her reading life (which she started at the age of three). I haven’t read this book yet, but it is going on my bedside table. Says Ali, “That’s the thing about books. They’re alive on their own terms. Reading is like travelling with an argumentative, unpredictable good friend. It’s an endless open exchange.”

The second book about books is called “10 Books that Screwed up the World and 5 Others that Didn’t Help,” by Benjamin Wiker ( Washington, DC: Regnery, 2008 978-1-59698-055-6) This is a witty and provocative expose about authors’ whose bad ideas are still pervasively popular. Books like Machiavelli’s the Prince and Darwin’s The Descent of Man! I want to read this one too!

Have any of y’all read or seen these books? Guess I have my reading cut out for me!

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