Packing My Library by Alberto Manguel
An Elegy and Ten Digressions

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The tropes are well-worn, but the author brings a fresh hopefulness to the enterprise of books and reading. Vintage Manguel—a pleasure for his many readers and admirers.
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A best-selling author and world-renowned bibliophile meditates on his vast personal library and champions the vital role of all libraries

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.
 

About Alberto Manguel

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Alberto Manguel is an acclaimed, award-winning Canadian Argentine-born writer. As a teenager in Buenos Aires, he served as a reader for a blind Jorge Luis Borges. He currently lives in the south of France. Author website: alberto.manguel.com
 
Published March 20, 2018 by Yale University Press. 160 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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The tropes are well-worn, but the author brings a fresh hopefulness to the enterprise of books and reading. Vintage Manguel—a pleasure for his many readers and admirers.

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