Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller’s Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages by Michael Popek
My rating: 3 of 5 stars (aka 6/10)
This was a good book to pick up and read a few pages and see what kinds of odd things the author (a second hand book dealer) had found between the pages of books that came into his shop.
It was geared towards older things – old letter, old postcards and other ephemera. It’s kind of cool to see an old letter dated in the late 1800s and wonder how long it had been stashed in a book. I also found it interesting to compare the dates of the “bookmarks” with the publication date of the books they were found in. Was it put there by its original owner? Had it been passed down for years before it got left in a book?
More of a small sized coffee table book than “literature” it’s a good choice if you like old books and the ephemera you find in them. If you think that sounds boring, choose something else.
I’d also love to see a similar book about the more modern bits and pieces you might discover in more modern books. Is this sort of thing something that will soon be gone and more and more people read electronic books that don’t have pages for you to slip something into?
Fun but light.
P.S. Speak of ebooks, while this book is available as one, I’d recommend the paper edition since it is mostly a book of photographs. A small or black and white reader is unlikely to do it justice.