Bound to Last by Sean Manning
30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book

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I feel a connection to these authors who know what it feels like to hold a treasured book tight to their chest. I have my own memories of a collection of leather-bound books my parents kept in a beautiful carved wood bookcase with a glass door in our small home.
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Lovers of the printed book, arise! Thirty of today’s top writers are here to tell you you’re not alone. In Bound to Last,an amazing array of authors comes to the passionate defense of the printed book with spirited, never-before-published essays celebrating the hardcover or paperback they hold most dear—not necessarily because of its contents, but because of its significance as a one-of-a-kind, irreplaceable object. Whether focusing on the circumstances behind how a particular book was acquired, or how it has become forever “bound up” with a specific person, time, or place, each piece collected here confirms—poignantly, delightfully, irrefutably—that every book tells a story far beyond the one found within its pages. In addition to a foreword by Ray Bradbury, Bound to Last features original contributions by:Chris Abani, Rabih Alameddine, Anthony Doerr, Louis Ferrante, Nick Flynn, Karen Joy Fowler, Julia Glass, Karen Green, David Hajdu, Terrence Holt, Jim Knipfel, Shahriar Mandanipour, Sarah Manguso, Sean Manning, Joyce Maynard, Philipp Meyer, Jonathan Miles, Sigrid Nunez, Ed Park, Victoria Patterson, Francine Prose, Michael Ruhlman, Elissa Schappell, Christine Schutt, Jim Shepard, Susan Straight, J. Courtney Sullivan, Anthony Swofford, Danielle Trussoni, and Xu Xiaobin
 

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SEAN MANNING is the editor of The Show I’ll Never Forget: 50 Writers Relive Their Most Memorable Concertgoing Experience. His writing has appeared in New York Press, The Brooklyn Rail, and BlackBook.
 
Published October 26, 2010 by Da Capo Press. 242 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Kerri Shadid on Jul 24 2014

I feel a connection to these authors who know what it feels like to hold a treasured book tight to their chest. I have my own memories of a collection of leather-bound books my parents kept in a beautiful carved wood bookcase with a glass door in our small home.

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