Dear Fahrenheit 451: A Librarian's Love Letters and Break-Up Notes to the Books in Her Life

Dear Fahrenheit 451: A Librarian's Love Letters and Break-Up Notes to the Books in Her Life

A Gen-X librarian's snarky, laugh-out-loud funny, deeply moving collection of love letters and break-up notes to the books in her life.

Librarians spend their lives weeding--not weeds but books! Books that have reached the end of their shelf life, both literally and figuratively. They remove the books that patrons no longer check out. And they put back the books they treasure. Annie Spence, who has a decade of experience as a Midwestern librarian, does this not only at her Michigan library but also at home, for her neighbors, at cocktail parties—everywhere. In Dear Fahrenheit 451, she addresses those books directly. We read her love letters to The Goldfinch and Matilda, as well as her snarky break-ups with Fifty Shades of Grey and Dear John. Her notes to The Virgin Suicides and The Time Traveler’s Wife feel like classics, sure to strike a powerful chord with readers. Through the lens of the books in her life, Annie comments on everything from women’s psychology to gay culture to health to poverty to childhood aspirations. Hilarious, compassionate, and wise, Dear Fahrenheit 451 is the consummate book-lover's birthday present, stocking stuffer, holiday gift, and all-purpose humor book.

Title:Dear Fahrenheit 451: A Librarian's Love Letters and Break-Up Notes to the Books in Her Life
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  • I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who sometimes gets so into a book that I find myself talking to the characters. "No, don't do that, not a good idea at all, or oh no don't open that door, etc,". W...

  • This book was very entertaining. I think it might be the perfect book to help end a reading slump. If you need a variety of book options with a variety of backstories - and reasons to read or avoid - ...

  • Annie Spence, the public librarian, is weeding out books, writing love- or goodbye letters to each one, and seduces us, the cranky misanthropic bibliophiles into reading more books by adding even more...

  • I am a huge fan of books on books. I even have a shelf for them in Goodreads! This was a great one, completely without the pretentiousness that can sometimes be a problem from well-intentioned readers...

  • Full review now posted!I’m so tempted to frame this review as a letter to the book in question. Should I? Shouldn’t I? I think I should. *Clears throat*Dear Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbrea...

  • 5++++++I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. The entire time I was reading it those words were running through my head over and over and over. Most of the book is letters written by Annie Spence to various books, man...

  • I listened to this audio and found it to be delightful! A book of letters to books, lists of book recommendations and pairings, and charming anecdotes about librarians and library patrons. A lot surpr...

  • Read this during one sitting. It's written really well. The author a librarian writes letters to different books. Books from her childhood. Books from her workplace. Books from home. Books that are be...

  • Dear Annie Spence,You’re well on your way to being the next Nancy Pearl, girlie. Your book recommendations are amazeballs!* How have you read so many books that I’ve never even heard of?! (And I r...

  • Don't take my 3 star rating the wrong way; I really, really liked this book a lot, and enjoyed every word. But while it was funny, and I found myself nodding and laughing at her ideas and remarks, it ...

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