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I use it to mean something more complicated than that, something about the intersection between reading and being, in which what we read influences who we are, and who we are influences what and how we read. If you want to know what I mean by a bibliomemoir, read Outside of a Dog. Kerouac invites his mother to come and live with him, honouring his deathbed promise to his father to watch over her. The answer, I think, is yes — and no. More probably, this discreet inventory dramatically illustrates the parallel worlds of modern literature and creativity. Unlike Virginia Woolf or Dylan Thomas, inveterate scribblers, we no longer write hundreds of letters, but we still generate countless emails.

Will a future Gekoski carefully catalogue bookish texts and tweets?

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Product description Review Think Bill Bryson, only on books. Tatler Great fun. Penelope Lively Daily Telegraph A wonderful account of a life immersed in books Independent on Sunday This is an intelligent, consciously disarming book, packed with ideas, jokes, good stories, small triumphs and larger regrets.

Sunday Telegraph A charming memoir That makes him Rick a great companion, and I would be happy, on a long train journey, to sit in between Rick and Matilda, the one very big, the other very small, but made of the same stuff. The Times. The captivating and amusing account of the twenty-five books that have influenced the life of bibliophile Rick Gekoski.

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