#BookBingoNW2022: A book about books

This summer, slow-down from the modern virtual world of the internet and open up the older virtual world of the book. Contemplate this way we humans choose to share and expand those worlds of our joint imaginations, oh and complete your “Book about Books” #BookBingoNW2022 square at the same time!

As the saying goes – so many books, so little time (& so many ways to fill this square) – a category that literally encompasses a full lifetime of possible reading – here are just a few titles to kick off from this summer:

Autumn Rounds by Jaques Poulin– an elegant and slightly melancholic volume set in Quebec with a delightful eye for detail. The novel begins as the Driver of a milk delivery truck-turned-bookmobile checks beneath his vehicle for cats before starting out on his deliveries – “in case any have been drawn to shelter there by the lingering scent of milk.” The Driver sets out on his presumptive “last route” to deliver books in the company of a traveling circus troupe, becoming more and more enamored of their leader Marie, whose beauty recalls him to life. The small format of this book complements the intimacy of the story and makes it an easy companion for travel.

Snarky Literary Agent Nora meets aloof Editor Charlie, in Book Lovers by Emily Henry (an SPL Peak Picks* selection). Rich with sentences such as; …“youthful skin would make a woman more money (true in both acting and waitressing), good underwear would make her more confident (so far, so true), and good books would make her happy (universal truth),” the book provides both an amusing parody of the publishing world and a satisfying rom-com read with the hot chemistry of the two antagonistic lead characters intact – making it a perfect beach read selection.

In the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk, a priceless volume goes missing just as the lead collections curator falls victim to a catastrophic stroke. Leisel Weiss, second in command, must uncover the book’s fate and find a missing librarian to boot. Inter academia politics absorb the middle, but this cozy, bookish puzzler wraps to a satisfying ending and offers an inside look at challenges facing women in positions of academic power.

The Personal Librarian, while written as fiction by Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray, really reads more as a memoir. Set in The Gilded Age of New York City, the book is based on the true story of JP Morgan’s personal librarian and curator Belle da Costa Greene, who worked with Morgan to help assemble one of the world’s greatest collections of manuscripts and fine art. Her savvy and ability to move amongst the art world heavies of the time are inspirational, especially as social norms of the day forced her to hide her African American ancestry from those around her.

Author Sara Gran has started her own imprint, Dreamland Books and the house’s first book is her own new novel, The Book of the Most Precious Substance. A mysterious client sets rare book dealer Lily Albrecht on the hunt for a singular ancient volume alleged to hold alchemic sexual properties, and said to be the most powerful occult book ever written. Get ready for a heady, erotic cocktail of writing, mixed from 2 parts Shades of Gray and 1 part Night Circus, with a dash of Shadow of the Wind tossed in: shaken not stirred. Definitely recommended for those hot August nights!

Read Dangerously, a collection of personal and political meditations is written as a series of letters by Azar Nafisi (author of Reading Lolita in Tehran) to her father. Nafisi contemplates the difficult and divisive events of the past three years and proposes that reading and sharing great works of literature can help us heal and come to terms with our so-called adversaries.

Find links to more ideas for your “Book about Books” Bingo square with this staff list, and happy reading: Book Bingo NW 2022:  A book about books.

~ posted by Kay K.

For more ideas for books to meet your Summer Book Bingo challenge, follow our Shelf Talk #BookBingoNW2022 series or check the hashtag #BookBingoNW2022 on social media. Book bingo is presented in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures.

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