First published in April 2007 in The Star
THE YELLOW-LIGHTED BOOKSHOP:
A MEMOIR, A HISTORY
By Lewis Buzbee
Publisher: Graywold Press, 216 pages
MOST avid readers love nosing around other readers’ book collections. And it’s always great fun having a private snigger at a fellow bookworm’s (so he says) reading preferences … while looking suitably impressed of course! Readers love books like The Complete Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby, Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman and So Many Books, So Little Time by Sarah Nelson. Not only do they appreciate the recommendations (any excuse to buy books is welcome), it’s terribly encouraging to discover that celebrity authors like Hornby are pretentious gits with dubious tastes. Plus, there’s nothing like reading impassioned descriptions of books to make you feel like you’ve read them without actually having done so. So many books, so little time? Just let someone else read them for you and then read about it!