Dear Fahrenheit 451 (Hardback)
A Librarian’s Love Letters and Break-Up Notes to Her Books
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Have you ever wished you could tell your favourite books just what they mean to you? Or wanted to give a piece of your mind to the ‘must-read’ book that you wish you hadn’t? Librarian Annie Spence has done just that, writing letters to the books under her care, from love letters to Matilda and The Goldfinch, to snarky break-up notes to Fifty Shades of Grey and The Hobbit.
Annie’s letters will make you laugh, remind you why you love your favourite books, and give you lots of new entries for your reading list. She’s also on-hand to help out with your bookish dilemmas: recommendations for lazy readers; excuses to tell your friends when you’d rather stay home reading; and how to turn your lover into a reader.
Hilarious, compassionate and smart, Dear Fahrenheit 451 is the consummate book-lover’s book.
“Annie Spence loves books not as Petrarch loved his Laura — reverently and from a distance — but more as an adherent of the Kama Sutra might: up close, personally, and from an astonishing variety of angles … You will find opinions you endorse without reservations, and you will find bones you need to pick with Spence. You will find earthy admissions about the pleasure of reading on the toilet and lofty ones about books that rewire your insides for keeps. Best of all, you’ll come out with a list of books you need to track down immediately and read for yourself.” – Margaret H. Willison, NPR Books
“A delightful read” – Stylist
“Spence’s book can be both hilarious and nostalgic, irreverent in her takedowns of certain books, but poignantly appreciative of ones that changed her life. It reminds adults of the rewards of reading for recreation, and of reading outside our comfort zones.” – The Voice