Bell's Books

Sigfrid Lundberg's Stuff 2010-05-10

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I bought three books (Fig. 1) at Bell's Books, 536 Emerson Street, Palo Alto. This is a large, well kept (mostly antiquarian) bookshop with knowledgeable staff. I can recommend it wholeheartedly.

Three books acquired at Bell's Books, Palo Alto

Fig. 1. I bought (from left to right) Wallace Stegner's Little live things, The man who loved books too much by Allison Hoover Bartlett and A hole in the water by Mae Briskin.

I bought Stegner based on the first sentence in the book, Briskin because I like the title and Hoover Bartlett's book because I've actually met a book thief.

How do people choose the books they read? In spite of the fact that I'm a very digital person, I choose a lot of the books I read based on the cover, typography, the feeling when you hold it and even their smell. Mostly, however, I choose certain authors, or read a bit in the beginning of the text, or the back cover. And yes, I read a lot of pocket books, as well.

Of the three books, I've as yet only read Hoover Bartlett's on the Californian book thief.

I've actually met a large scale book thief. The one operating at the Swedish Nation Library, and who dramatically ended his life in a gas explosion. Now he'll become film. We were in the same project group when we were building Ediffah.


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