Every Book Its Reader: The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World


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Harper Perennial
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6.12 X 9.0 X 1.08 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Nicholas A. Basbanes is the author of nine works of cultural history, with a particular emphasis on various aspects of books, book history, and book culture. In addition to his books, Basbanes has written for numerous newspapers, magazines, and journals, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post, and lectures widely on a variety of cultural subjects. Among his most well-known titles are A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books and On Paper: The Everything of Its Two Thousand Year History.


"These essays...occupy a corner of the grand salon of the history of ideas."--Amanda Heller, Boston Globe
"First-rate reporting....[EBIR] allows us to step away from our myopic fixation on writers and consider the reader."--Karen Long, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"If Oprah would only join the ranks of Cervantes's fans, he'd have a chance at today's bestseller list."--Brigitte Weeks, Washington Post Book World
"[An] admirably wide excursion into literature, history and biography."--Kathleen Burke, Smithsonian Magazine
"Every Book Its Reader reminds us that books, in all their myriad forms, are necessary equipment for living."--Los Angeles Times
"'Affection, laughter, argument'--aptly characterize the work of this great contemporary celebrant of the common, and the uncommon reader, Basbanes."--Michael Dirda, Weekly Standard
"Nicholas Basbanes is the Pied Piper of bibliophiles."--John Harper, Orlando Sentinel
"No living person has thought more about the extraordinary power of books than Nicholas Basbanes."--Ellis Henican, Newsday