Sixpence House by Paul Collins

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"Sixpence House is the bookworm's answer to A Year in Provence." -Boston Globe

Paul Collins and his family abandoned the hills of San Francisco to move to the Welsh countryside-to move, in fact, to the village of Hay-on-Wye, the "Town of Books" that boasts fifteen hundred inhabitants-and forty bookstores. Taking readers into a secluded sanctuary for book lovers, and guiding us through the creation of the author's own first book, Sixpence House becomes a heartfelt and often hilarious meditation on what books mean to us.

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"A delightful book."-Los Angeles Times
"Collins' gift is that you don't care where you end up. The journey is enough."-Readerville
"The real, engaging heart of the tale is Collins' love of books and other people who love them...Collins muses on antiquarian books the way the rest of us remember lost loves."-San Francisco Chronicle
"Funny, informative, somewhat chaotic and full of interesting references...there are numerous meanders into peripheral subjects, seen through the astute eyes of an Anglophile American."-Washington Post
 

About Paul Collins

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Paul Collins is the author of Banvard's Folly: Thirteen People Who Didn't Change the World, and most recently Not Even Wrong. He edits the Collins Library for McSweeney's Books, and his work has appeared in New Scientist, Business 2.0, and Tin House.
 
Published December 15, 2010 by Bloomsbury USA. 257 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Desperate to leave San Francisco because they can no longer afford to live there with their newborn son, Collins and his wife sell their apartment and, seemingly regardless of employment prospects, remove themselves to the Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye (pop.

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Publishers Weekly

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Hay-on-Wye, a Welsh town of 1,500, is heaven on earth for people who love books, especially old books.

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BC Books

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At the end of Sixpence House, Collins tellingly reveals his favorite work that made it from the high stack in his bedroom to the cherished night stand placement.

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Every book lover and collector needs to be freeway close to a town like Hay-on-Wye, Wales, a cobblestone village of 1500 inhabitants and over 40 bookstores which stock so many books that their sheer accumulated weight, according to the Paul Collins’ whimsical, witty and muse-worthy memoir Sixpenc...

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Entertainment Weekly

In 2000, the San Francisco-based author packed up his 2,000-title library and moved with his wife and child to Hay-on-Wye in Wales, eccentric home to 1,500 people, 40 old bookstores, and untold millions of dusty books.

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