I like books about reading. And books about books. And books about loving books… Buzbee’s book about bookstores was right up my alley. I think all book lovers can relate to the themes he touches on, and as he takes his little walk down memory lane, a lot of what Buzbee remembers will be familiar.
Lewis Buzbee is a book lover who has worked his entire life in books. As a young college student he begins to work in a book store, and eventually becomes a book seller for publishers. His love for books began with John Steinbeck and like any book lover, it only grew. Whenever he enters/ed a book store it feels/felt like home. Buzbee spends a fair amount of time discussing how books and bookstores came to be in the first place. His meanderings are well written and his thoughts are usually concise. He also discusses his thoughts on the world of e-books, both the good and the bad. Buzbee and I part ways; however, when he waxes political. It is all well and good to have political opinions, and a person certainly has the right to express them, but perhaps a book about bookstores is not the place.
I enjoyed this read, and I imagine other book lovers would like it to, but I don’t think it has mass appeal. This is the kind of gift you get that person that likes to read as much as you do.