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Cathy Rentzenbrink

Author of Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books

9+ Works 451 Members 14 Reviews

Works by Cathy Rentzenbrink

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The Feast (1950) — Introduction, some editions — 274 copies
Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers (2019) — Contributor — 53 copies

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Birthdate
1973
Gender
female
Nationality
England
Places of residence
Cornwall, England, UK
Yorkshire, England, UK
Occupations
Bookseller

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I really tried to like this book. I read more than 100 pages which is my limit if I'm debating about continuing a book. There are lots of book recommendations, which I never lack. They are everywhere for me. I really couldn't relate with the author/speaker. I love book stores of all kinds and can spend an enormous time in them. However, I never wanted to work in one. I can appreciate how much she loves books and what solace they have provided. They have done the same for me. I'm a reader, a collector, a supporter. I'm not an author. I just didn't enjoy the story.… (more)
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bcrowl399 | 9 other reviews | Feb 13, 2024 |
Like Pat Conroy's [My Reading Life] or C. S. Lewis' [The Reading Life], this is a memoir through reading and books. While Conroy focused more specifically on his tour of Southern fiction and Lewis on classics, Rentzenbrink covers the gamut of possibilities, ending each chapter with a survey of recommendations in different sub-genres. Throughout, she recounts her life as a bar tender, book seller, and writer, never shying from disclosing poignant and painful memories and how books helped her process them. I won't search out all her recommendations, but she exposed me to books and authors far beyond my current reading. And the details of how she became a writer, the obstacles she overcame both micro and macro, were illuminating. A great book for any writer or reader.

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5 bones!!!!!
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blackdogbooks | 9 other reviews | Nov 27, 2022 |
Really enjoyed this book. While I don’t think I’ll ever pen a memoir, so much of this book could be used as journaling inspiration.
 
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thewestwing | Aug 12, 2022 |
If you are a bookworm, this book will resonate with you greatly. It really does highlight how important books are to those that love them.
 
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