Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone are my new favorite authors to geek over. A GoodReads recommendation led me to their book Out of the Flames which I’ve mentioned before and enjoyed. Surreptitiously, a facebook friend and middle school teacher recommended another of their books, Deconstructing Penguins. Ryan and I read the description and agreed it is one we would like to read. I chuckled when I noticed the authors. We still plan on reading Deconstructing Penguins (in connection with Mortimer J Adler’s How to Read a Book). Before I dove into it though, I wanted to read Used and Rare, their self-proclaimed memoir, to get a sense of who they are.
I read all 215 pages in one day. That is no small feat when you consider how many small feet I have to run after all day. It was like sitting down with friends and listening to their story about a crazy vacation, as though you could see one say “oooh oooh let me tell this part” or “tell them about so and so, he was a real hoot”. Next thing I knew, the book was over. The story is written collaboratively and starts with their first $10 used book purchase through the next two years of dusty book shops, eccentric shop owners, book fairs and a $700 Dickens novel. It also offers some interesting insights into the world of book collecting.
This is a delightful read for anyone who enjoys books, but also for anyone who’s ever had a hobby go a little too far. I’m excited to read more from Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone and I think I’ll just have to pay a well overdue visit to our own favorite used and rare bookshop, Cottonwood Books
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