My Life With Bob

My Life With Bob

Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues

Book - 2017
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"Imagine keeping a record of every book you ever read. What would those titles say about you? With humor and warmth, the editor of The New York Times Book Review shares the stories that have shaped her life. For twenty-eight years, Pamela Paul has been keeping a diary that records the books she reads, rather than the life she leads. Or does it? Over time, it's become clear that this Book of Books, or Bob, as she calls him, tells a much bigger story. For Paul, as for many readers, books reflect her inner life-- her fantasies and hopes, her dreams and ideas. And her life, in turn, influences which books she chooses, whether for solace or escape, diversion or self-reflection, information or entertainment. My Life with Bob isn't about what's in those books; it's about the relationship between books and readers. Bob was with her when she struggled to get through the Norton Anthology of English Literature in college and when she read Anna Karenina while living abroad alone. He was there when she fell in love and much needed when she sought solace in self-help and memoirs like Autobiography of a Face. Through marriage and divorce, remarriage (The Master and Margarita) and parenthood (The Hunger Games), professional setbacks and successes, Bob recorded what she read while all that happened. The diary--now coffee-stained and frayed--is the record of a lifelong love affair with books, and has come to mean more to her than any other material possession. My Life with Bob is a testament to the power of books to provide the perspective, courage, companionship, and ultimately self-knowledge to forge our own path"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781627796316 (hardback)
1627796312 (hardback)
Branch Call Number: 818.603 PAU
Characteristics: x, 242 pages ; 22 cm

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Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Jun 07, 2017

This is a book about books interspersed with stories from the life of an avid reader. It's a perfect book for any bibliophile because you will find yourself nodding along with all her comments about the wonderful smell of new (and old) books, the inability to pick just one book at a bookstore, the never ending piles of to be read books and the overall joy reading brings. Considering that this was written by the editor of the New York Times Book Review, I appreciated how utterly unsnobbish Paul was about books and was willing to read and admit to reading all types of books. My only complaint was that I wish there was more. There were parts of her life that were mentioned only in passing and I would have enjoyed hearing more about her family life and a lot more about her very cool job!

Cynthia_N Jun 07, 2017

Paul has been a reader for as long as she can remember, just like me. The amazing thing about this book is that a lot of her reading memories are the same as mine. Going to the library and hoping to impress the librarians as a young child. Heading into the adult section because you have now finished all the books you want to read in the children's section. Getting excited when you have a friend who reads the books you suggest. Reading a book and thinking you understand it and then rereading it later in life and realizing you didn't have a clue. Recommended for any readers!

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