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Packing My Library

(2018)
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In June 2015 Alberto Manguel prepared to leave his centuries-old village home in France's Loire Valley and reestablish himself in a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Packing up his enormous, 35,000 volume personal library, choosing which books to keep, store, or cast out, Manguel found himself in deep reverie on the nature of relationships between books and readers, books and collectors, order and disorder, memory and reading.

In this poignant and personal reevaluation of his life as a reader, the author illuminates the highly personal art of reading and affirms the vital role of public libraries. Manguel's musings range widely, from delightful reflections on the idiosyncrasies of book lovers to deeper analyses of historic and catastrophic book events, including the burning of ancient Alexandria's library and contemporary library lootings at the hands of ISIS. With insight and passion, the author underscores the universal centrality of books and their unique importance to a democratic, civilized, and engaged society.



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March 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions
Author(s): Alberto Manguel
ISBN: 0-300-21933-4 / 978-0-300-21933-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Yale University Press
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April 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions
Author(s): Alberto Manguel
ISBN: 0-300-24452-5 / 978-0-300-24452-6 (USA edition)
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Title: Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions
Author(s): Alberto Manguel
ISBN: 1-977304-58-3 / 978-1-977304-58-2
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Title: Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions
Author(s): Alberto Manguel
ISBN: 1-977354-58-0 / 978-1-977354-58-7
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Title: Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions
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Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Title: Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions
Author(s): Alberto Manguel
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Title: Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions
Author(s): Alberto Manguel
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Title: Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions
Author(s): Alberto Manguel
Publisher: Yale University Press
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