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The Man Who Loved Books Too Much (2009)

by Allison Hoover Bartlett

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The story of John Gilkey, rare book thief (as in he steals rare books, not that he's a rare type of book thief!), and Ken Sanders, the "bibliodick" who eventually stopped him. I sort of felt like the book was too short and the author really spent more time describing Gilkey's mental issues than anything else. I really liked how she describes the importance of books as physical objects, a sentiment with which I can completely agree. ( )
  gossamerchild88 | Mar 30, 2018 |
Interesting, but I still left wanting more. This is a tale of a book thief, and I enjoyed the parts about old books, their history and uniqueness, and even their "value" both monetarily and culturally. However I didn't actually enjoy the conversations with out thief, or the author's side comments about her life and views on the subject. So it was interesting, and a quick listen on audiobook, but not one I'd revisit. ( )
  RivetedReaderMelissa | Mar 22, 2018 |
I enjoyed this book a lot, not so much for the tale of Gilkey the thief, but for the exploration of the many different motivations for, and manifestations of, book love (including her own.) She's a girl after my own heart, generally having a personal affinity for non-fiction over fiction!

I admired Bartlett's writing style, particularly the way she weaves-in asides without breaking the flow, and the clean segues from one part of the narrative to another.

Quick read - only a few effortless hours. ( )
  Kim_Sasso | Mar 14, 2018 |
Hopefully, there is more than a thin line between being a bibliophile, a lover of books, and bibliomaniac, one who is obsessed with acquiring, at any cost, rare books. I am the former, someone who loves to read and am also a collector of signed contemporary first editions of the books that I have loved in my avocation. The subject of this book, John Gilkey, is a nondescript example of the latter. Armed with credit card receipts obtained from his employment he purchased greater than $100,000 of rare books before being caught and sent to jail. The man primarily attributed to catching him was bookseller Ken Sellers. Journalist Allison Bartlett details each of their stories as prey and pursuer in an enjoyable fashion while introducing the reader to the obsession behind rare book collecting. ( )
  John_Warner | Mar 8, 2018 |
What a fascinating book, not only that it was a nice peek into rare book collecting but that it mentioned so many bookstores and actual books (with value). Worth keeping as a reference.

Primarily dealing with book "thief" extraordinaire, John Gilkey and the bookseller who was primary in putting him away (on several occasions, Ken Sanders. Spanning several years of interviews with the main "characters" and others in the biz, including FBI involved in the cases and family, it was an enjoyable read aside from informative. But PLEASE, ... do not try this at home! ( )
  CherylGrimm | Jan 20, 2018 |
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For him that stealeth, or borroweth and returneth not, this book from its owner ... let him be struck with palsy, & all his members blasted ... Let bookworms gnaw his entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not, & when at last he goeth to his final punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him forever.
—Anathama in a medieval manuscripts from the Monastery of San Pedro in Barcelona
I have known men to hazard their fortunes, go long journeys half-way around the world, forget friendships, even lie, cheat, and steal, all for the gain of a book.
—A. S. W. Rosenbach, twentieth century book dealer
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For John, Julian, and Sonja
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At one end of my desk sits a nearly four-hundred-year-old book cloaked in a tan linen sack and a good deal of mystery.
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April 28, 2005, was bright and mild, the kind of spring day in New York City that seems full of promise, and on the corner of Park Avenue and East Sixty-sixth Street a queue of optimistic people was growing.
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Unrepentant book thief Gilkey has stolen a fortune in rare books from around the country. Yet unlike most thieves, who steal for profit, Gilkey steals for love--the love of books. Perhaps equally obsessive, though, is Ken Sanders, the self-appointed "bibliodick" driven to catch him. Sanders, a lifelong rare book collector and dealer turned amateur detective, will stop at nothing to catch the thief plaguing his trade.

In following both of these eccentric characters, journalist Allison Hoover Barlett plnged deep into a world of fanatical book lust, and ultimately found herself caught between the many people interested in finding Gilkey's stolen treasure, and the man who wanted to keep it hidden: the thief himself.

With a mixture of suspense, insight, and humor, Bartlett has woven this cat-and-mouse chase into a narrative that not only reveals exactly how Gilkey pulled off his crimes and how Sanders eventually caught him, but also explores the romance of books, the lure to collect them, and the temptation to steal them. All collectors have stories of what first made them fall in love, and Gilkey and Sanders are no different. Bartlett puts their stories into the larger context of book passion, collection, and theft through the ages. [from book jacket]
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"Unrepentant book thief John Charles Gilkey has stolen a fortune in rare books from around the country. Yet unlike most thieves, who steal for profit, Gilkey steals for love - the love of books. Perhaps equally obsessive, though, is Ken Sanders, the self-appointed "bibliodick" driven to catch him. Sanders, a lifelong rare book collector and dealer turned amateur detective, will stop at nothing to catch the thief plaguing his trade." "In following both of these eccentric characters, journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett plunged deep into a world of fanatical book lust, and ultimately found herself caught between the many people interested in finding Gilkey's stolen treasure, and the man who wanted to keep it hidden: the thief himself."."With a mixture of suspense, insight, and humor, Bartlett has woven this cat-and-mouse chase into a narrative that not only reveals exactly how Gilkey pulled off his crimes and how Sanders eventually caught him, but also explores the romance of books, the lure to collect them, and the temptation to steal them. All collectors have stories of what first made them fall in love, and Gilkey and Sanders are no different. Bartlett puts their stories into the larger context of book passion, collection, and theft through the ages."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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