October 5, 2010
October 5, 2010
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 is Ken Sanders, the self-appointed "bibliodick" who's driven to catch him. Following this eccentric cat-and-mouse chase with a mixture of suspense, insight and humor, Allison Hoover Bartlett plunges the reader deep into a rich world of fanatical book lust and considers what it is that makes some people stop at nothing to posses the titles they love.
Rare books can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, but the infamous book thief John Charles Gilkey didn't steal for profit, he stole because of his insatiable love for books. Ken Sanders, another passionate book lover, appoints himself head of the manhunt to track down Gilkey--and so begins an amazing non-fiction mystery as strange and tangled as any novel. Allison Hoover Bartlett's fascinating THE MAN WHO LOVED BOOKS TOO MUCH opens the doors on the strange world of bibliophiles, explores the history and psychology of book collecting, and introduces her readers to a cast of outlandish and unforgettable characters.
Genre: Antiques + Collectibles, Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Books, Criminals + Outlaws
- Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Antiques + Collectibles
- Subgenre: Criminals + Outlaws, Books
- Publisher: Riverhead Books
- Pages: 274
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Release Date: October 5, 2010
- Author: Allison Hoover Bartlett
- Online Item #: 12832565
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-51-3109
- ISBN: 9781594484810
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported