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The Secret Lives of Booksellers and Librarians: Their stories are better than the bestsellers (edição 2024)

por James Patterson (Autor)

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To be a bookseller or librarian... You have to play detective. Be a treasure hunter. A matchmaker. An advocate. A visionary. A person who creates "book joy" by pulling a book from a shelf, handing it to someone and saying, "You've got to read this. You're going to love it." Step inside The Secret Lives of Booksellers and Librarians and enter a world where you can feed your curiosities, discover new voices, find whatever you want or require. This place has the magic of rainbows and unicorns, but it's also a business. The book business. Meet the smart and talented people who live between the pages--and who can't wait to help you find your next favorite book. --… (mais)
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Título:The Secret Lives of Booksellers and Librarians: Their stories are better than the bestsellers
Autores:James Patterson (Autor)
Informação:Little, Brown and Company (2024), 352 pages
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A lovely homage to Librarians and booksellers. ( )
  phoenixcomet | Jun 11, 2024 |
What a disappointment. After 58 pages I couldn’t read anymore of these short interviews with booksellers and librarians. The writing was pedestrian and predictable, switching between present tense to past tense from paragraph to paragraph. And many of these booksellers gushed and fawned over James Patterson. The book seemed at times to be a promotional piece for the author, who probably just lent his name to the book while co-author Matt Eversmann did all the interviewing and writing (such as it is).

I felt like this book was a “bait and switch” – promoted to be about fellow booklovers, but the stories I read were really very simple anecdotes that didn’t keep my interest.

I can’t recommend this one. ( )
  PhyllisReads | May 31, 2024 |
Summary: A collection of first-person accounts from booksellers and librarians about why they love doing what they do.

“I want to make sure people keep getting books they want, books they like. I call it Book Joy, matching people with books that will bring them the most happiness.” –Kelly Moore

Kelly Moore is just one of the many booksellers and librarians who contributed first-person accounts of their love of working with books to this delightful book compiled by James Patterson and Matt Eversmann. In case you didn’t know, Patterson is not only a hugely successful and prolific writer of thrillers, he is a huge fan of booksellers and librarians–those who get books into the hands of readers. He’s given generous support to literacy efforts and grants to independent booksellers.

Here he lets them tell the story of why they love what they do. Kelly’s statement captures a common theme–connecting people with books they love. Some of their greatest joy comes when they help reluctant readers find books they love, turning them, degree by degree into readers. Part of the work is careful listening, picking up the cues that signal what a person may like. And sometimes it involves being a detective, using the few clues a patron or customer can offer to help them find that book they are looking for.

The other big theme is that these people love books and reading. It is so much more than checking out books or ringing up sales. They enjoy talking books, sharing something they’ve read that someone else may like. A friend of mine who is a bookseller is mystified by people who think they can be booksellers without loving books.

Perhaps this needs to be so because it is a challenging life. Both librarians and booksellers have a variety of administrative tasks that allow them to do what they love, from reading publications on new releases to select what they think their patrons will like, to unpacking and shelving, tracking sales and inventory and scheduling events. It’s awesome to meet authors at booksignings but there is a lot of setup to make it work for everyone.

Some started young, working as a page or a clerk and eventually managing a department of a library or owning a store. Others describe mid-career changes, often when a job was lost. Many had always been readers and even dreamed of pursuing working in a library or bookselling and realized they could no longer wait.

There was one serious note, which was the growing number of efforts to remove books from libraries that a small group deemed objectionable. It meant a job loss for one writer and courageous stands for others. One thing was clear, when communities heard and protested, this was often decisive.

Have you ever wondered what it is like to work in a library or a bookstore? This book will give you a good picture of both the joy and the work. If nothing else, it should give you an appreciation for what a special breed any dedicated bookseller or librarian is. If you haven’t noticed, this book is a good education. And if you have, this book will serve as a good reminder to find ways to support and appreciate their work. There are book deserts. if you are not in one, thank the people who make that possible and support their efforts to sustain their presence! ( )
  BobonBooks | May 21, 2024 |
I thought this would be short essays by different booksellers and librarians , telling their stories. It is their stories, but they are all told by the author, so you don’t hear their voices, you hear his. Because of this, the stories all kind of run together, sound the same, and it’s boring.
I was disappointed ( )
  poolays | May 16, 2024 |
I'm not a fan of James Patterson’s bare bones writing but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this collection of personal stories from more than sixty book enthusiasts – authors, librarians, and book sellers, among others. I would have liked it better if the stories had shown a little more personality instead of them all sounding the same. Same word choices, same sparse phrasing, same opinions. Also, the book is divided into five sections, although I couldn’t tell how the stories in one section were really any different than those in another. You know, on thinking it over I guess I didn’t enjoy this so much after all. ( )
  wandaly | May 8, 2024 |
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To be a bookseller or librarian... You have to play detective. Be a treasure hunter. A matchmaker. An advocate. A visionary. A person who creates "book joy" by pulling a book from a shelf, handing it to someone and saying, "You've got to read this. You're going to love it." Step inside The Secret Lives of Booksellers and Librarians and enter a world where you can feed your curiosities, discover new voices, find whatever you want or require. This place has the magic of rainbows and unicorns, but it's also a business. The book business. Meet the smart and talented people who live between the pages--and who can't wait to help you find your next favorite book. --

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