One-Minute Book Reviews

June 23, 2009

Why Is It So Hard to Get Rid of Books We’ve Read? (Quote of the Day From Tamar Yellin’s ‘Tales of the Ten Lost Tribes’)

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An amateur book collector in the short story “Dan” in Tamar Yellin’s new Tales of the Ten Lost Tribes (Toby Press, 156 pp., $22.95) lives in a house “full to its bursting point.” But he grieves when, at his wife’s urging, he parts with some of the volumes in his library:

“A book once read was used, faded, too intimate to be parted with, too familiar to be read again.”


  1. so true. But I have also realized as you grow old, you seek the comfort of the familiar than struggle with the unknown.

    Comment by fictitioustruth — June 23, 2009 @ 4:28 am | Reply

    • What’s odd is that so many of us find it hard to get rid of books even if we know that better editions — for example, with more interesting introductions by scholars — are available at any bookstore or library …

      Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — June 23, 2009 @ 11:03 am | Reply

  2. I keep a book list. I note the title, author, and date finished (or abandoned) of the books I read during each year. Five years later, I sometimes enjoy leafing through the list, remembering the books I’ve read.

    Comment by carmenv — June 23, 2009 @ 11:11 pm | Reply

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