The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

by Allison Hoover Bartlett

I’m almost always game for a true story. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much is the story of John Gilkey who steels books, expensive books, simply for the pleasure of owning them. I was unfamiliar with the intensity that surrounds the rare book industry so the whole concept of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for a book was very intriguing. I have a personal love affair with books, even the ones I don’t read, so I felt I could relate a little to Gilkey and his obsession. But don’t worry; I am in the habit of paying for my books.

*I rate my books in 5 categories on a scale from 1-5 with 5 being the highest.

 Historical Value- 5

Emotional Value- 2

Entertainment Value- 2

Personal Character Value- 3

Age recommendation-16 and up


“A book is much more than a delivery vehicle for its contents.”
Allison Hoover Bartlett

“I valued that half-dream state of being lost in a book so much that I limited the number of pages I let myself read each day in order to put off the inevitable end, my banishment from that world”
Allison Hoover Bartlett,



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