Buzbee, Lewis. The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: a Memoir, a History.
I have to use this quote from the back of the jacket:
"A riveting, lurid account of the author's first tremulous encounters with 'book lust' and his helpless descent into full-blown bibliomania. A cautionary tale every parent in America should heed, and a big fat naughty pleasure for book nuts everywhere." --August Kleinzahler
The truth is nothing of the kind, but I love that satirical, tongue-in-cheek, misrepresentation Kleinzahler gives of the book.
It is the story of Buzbee's personal history with books, intertwined with a history of scribes, scrolls, printing press, authors and book sellers and publishers, from Egypt to Greece to Rome, and so on throughout the times and places of the world where the history of the book advanced.
Full of interesting facts, anecdotes, historical turning points, and lists of favorite bookstores, this little book appears to be a work of love.
Certainly not riveting, but a pleasant way to spend an evening or two.
Non-fiction/memoir/history. 231 pp.