Dear Fahrenheit 451

Dear Fahrenheit 451

Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks

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Baker & Taylor
A laugh-out-loud, deeply personal collection of love letters and break-up notes to the books in the librarian author's life explains the complicated reasons why libraries are keeping or removing books that either are no longer checked out by readers or have poor literary value.

McMillan Palgrave

A librarian's laugh-out-loud funny, deeply moving collection of love letters and breakup notes to the books in her life.

If you love to read, and presumably you do since you’ve picked up this book (!), you know that some books affect you so profoundly they forever change the way you think about the world. Some books, on the other hand, disappoint you so much you want to throw them against the wall. Either way, it’s clear that a book can be your new soul mate or the bad relationship you need to end.

In Dear Fahrenheit 451, librarian Annie Spence has crafted love letters and breakup notes to the iconic and eclectic books she has encountered over the years. From breaking up with The Giving Tree (a dysfunctional relationship book if ever there was one), to her love letter to The Time Traveler’s Wife (a novel less about time travel and more about the life of a marriage, with all of its ups and downs), Spence will make you think of old favorites in a new way. Filled with suggested reading lists, Spence’s take on classic and contemporary books is very much like the best of literature—sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes surprisingly poignant, and filled with universal truths.

A celebration of reading, Dear Fahrenheit 451 is for anyone who loves nothing more than curling up with a good book…and another, and another, and another!

& Taylor

The author presents a collection of love letters and break-up notes addressed to the books she's encountered throughout her career as a librarian.

Publisher: New York : Flatiron, 2017
ISBN: 9781250106490
Branch Call Number: 028.1 SPE 2017
Characteristics: 244 pages ; 18 cm


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pthode Mar 02, 2018

Not for kids, but fun to read aloud to your co-workers and friends!

CircMary Jan 23, 2018

Are books some of the characters in your own life? Then you will relate to this book that is written as letters to some of the titles in this librarian/author’s life. Sometimes heartfelt, sometimes wickedly funny - you won’t finish it without some new titles you will want to meet.

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Jul 13, 2018

Dear Annie,
I just finished reading your book -- and updating my TBR List. Thank you for all the additions. I was running out of books to read -- ha, ha. As a Gen X Librarian myself, I can relate to so many of your letters. If you ever come back to Kansas City, I know that my coworkers and I would love to have you come visit our library.
Keep on reading,
P.S. I have listened to all the books in the All Creatures Great and Small Series -- even the special ones with dog and cat stories. They are indeed a rare treasure -- each and every one.

SCL_BethZ Jul 06, 2018

Dear "Dear Fahrenheit 451,"

You are witty, and charming, and a joy for this book-lover to read. I've fallen in love with books all over again thanks to your sweet words. I've laughed out loud at your snark - you say the things we've all been thinking. And you've coined my new favorite word: "read rage."

But dammit, now I have a whole new list of books I want to read. And like many librarians, my "to read" list is already an impossibly long task.


DBRL_ReginaF Jul 01, 2018

I loved this book so much! I treated like a little piece of dark chocolate at the end of the day or after some other grueling read. Treats, treats, treats!

VaughanPLDonnalee May 14, 2018

This is a great little book for people who love books. A librarian writes a series of letters to various books that have had some sort of impact in her life. Some of the letters are love letters, others are more break-up letters. The tone is mostly funny and irreverent, with the occasional wistful letter. There's lots of librarian humour. Readers will inevitably start reminiscing about some of the significant books in their own lives. There are also some handy lists of interesting books at the end. Highly recommended for people who love books.

LoganLib_Kirra Mar 27, 2018

This book is one of the best non-fiction books I've read but also the worst because now I have a hundred more books I want to read from all the recommendations. I loved how quick this book was while also giving the reader a great sense of worth to each page with humour and wit. The author recalls books she has read and writes letters to them (about two or three pages long) that are enthralling. As a fellow library worker I also get a special satisfaction with books from librarians because I get those day-to-day tasks, emotions and hilarious moments.

ehbooklover Feb 03, 2018

A fun, light, clever, and very entertaining collection of letters that the author wrote to various books that she has crossed paths with during all stages of her life. I loved the author's writing style and found myself laughing out loud several times while reading this. Bonus: the author has compiled several lists of book titles that can be found near the end of the book covering such subjects as books about librarians, books for significant others who don't read, etc.

CircMary Jan 23, 2018

Are books some of the characters in your own life? Then you will relate to this book that is written as letters to some of the titles in this librarian/author’s life. Sometimes heartfelt, sometimes wickedly funny - you won’t finish it without some new titles you will want to meet.

OPL_ErinD Jan 22, 2018

This book had me at the first sentence. Annie Spence is a librarian after my own heart. Highly recommended for book lovers and those who love and loathe books equally but understand the incredible power of reading and the idea that every book has its reader.

JessicaGma Jan 22, 2018

A brilliant little look written by a librarian where she writes letters to books she loved and some she did not. If you love books, this is a great read.

vm510 Nov 30, 2017

A sweet, amusing book about books and libraries. There are some great book recommendations and silly ruminations here. It was great on audio - Annie Spence's personality, humor, and puns come through. A lighthearted, fun book.

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