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I'd like to offer the following books to begin a bookbox of books about books.

Its first recipient must be in the U.S. since I'll be using USPS media mail to send it out. The box will not circle back to me.

The starter books are:

The Art of the Epigraph: How Great Books Begin, by Rosemary Ahern, . Nonfiction. "More than 250 examples from across five hundred years of literature, offer[ing] insights into their meaning and purpose, including what induces so many writers to cede the very first words a reader will encounter in their book to another writer."

Book: The Sequel: First lines from the Classics of the Future by Inventive Imposters, Clive Priddle, . Humor. "Ever wonder what happens to Harry Potter after, say, twenty years of marriage and a steady government gig?"

Books: A Memoir, by Larry McMurtry, . Nonfiction. "McMurtry writes about his endless passion for books: as a boy growing up in a largely "bookless" world; as a young man devouring the vastness of literature with astonishing energy; as a fledgling writer and family man; and above all, as one of America's most prominent bookmen."

The Books They Gave Me: True Stories of Life, Love, and Lit, by Jen Adams, . "Stories behind books given and received."

Can You Ever Forgive Me? Memoirs of a Literary Forger, by Lee Israel, . Nonfiction. "When her writing career suddenly took a turn for the worse, she conceived of the astonishing literary scheme that fooled even many of the experts."

Killer Librarian, by Mary Lou Kirwin, . Fiction. "Champion of the mystery section at a small-town Minnesota library, Karen Nash is about to embark on a dream trip to London—a literary tour inspired by every murderous intrigue, wily suspect, and ingenious crime found in the pages of the British mysteries that she devours."

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession, by Allison Hoover Bartlett, . Nonfiction. "Gilkey is an obsessed, unrepentant book thief who has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of rare books from book fairs, stores, and libraries around the country. Ken Sanders is the self-appointed 'bibliodick' (book dealer with a penchant for detective work) driven to catch him."

Much Ado About Loving, by Jack Murnighan, Maura Kelly, . Nonfiction. "Two book lovers who are also advice columnists . . . relay the lessons in life and love that they’ve learned from reading classic novels."

The Poet and the Murderer, by Simon Worrall, . Nonfiction. "The true story of a brilliantly forged Emily Dickinson poem sold at Sotheby's in 1997."

Scouts in Bondage, by Michael Bell, . Humor. "Old books that raised a grin if not a guffaw from his customers as soon as they saw them."


...except I don't know what I could scrape up to add. I'll look when I get home.


Still trying to figure out what I could put in (which books am I *willing to part with* that would fit the theme?).


Oh I do love bookish books but I felt like I've committed to a lot of boxes lately. I ended up basing my reading on what boxes are coming in, so I kind of want to get out of that and just read whatever I feel like picking up.

That said... ummm.... if you can put it way down the list... (blush)

US only also, as they just jack the postal cost way up again.


I have some suitable titles on hand (some fiction, some non-fiction); can only mail within the US.


and would be happy to take part in the books about books book box.


Like everyone else, I can only afford to mail a box within the US.


bookish bookbox. So, put me down US (Pa).


I would love to join this bookbox, I have a perfect book to add! Within US shipping only please!


hyphen8, do you want to start this? If so, please remind me, in a PM, of your mailing address.

"Books: A Memoir" by Larry McMurtry has disappeared from the pile but I hope to find a copy in a week or two, and will send it along.


I'll send you a PM.


Who's next, please?

Also: your mailroom did *not* follow instructions and use media mail - the postage for this smallish box (9 books) was $24.05! (Media mail should have been quite a bit less since the box only weighs about 7 lbs.)

Received in the box:

The Art of the Epigraph
Book: The Sequel
The Books They Gave Me
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Killer Librarian
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
Much Ado About Loving
The Poet and the Murderer
Scouts in Bondage
Larry McMurtry's Books: A Memoir was not in the box when I received it.


Who's next, please?

Definitely not me please... LOL I just read my first book book for the box! the box went out today (3/22).

Flipped through and read parts of two books that I'm leaving in the box: The Art of the Epigraph and Book: The Sequel

Taking out 3 books:

The Books They Gave Me -
The Poet and the Murderer -
Scouts in Bondage -

Putting in 4 books:

Book Crush -
People of the Book -
The Library Card -
The Reader's Companion -

Box weight: 7# 3.4 oz
DC number: 9549 0104 7916 3081 3643 09


The box arrived safely today - a pretty quick trip from Hawaii, too! (Love the variety of stamps on the box.)

Since azuki wanted to go late in the list, I figure oliviapoolside's next (going by order-of-signup); will send a PM and hope to get the box moving again soon.


I mailed the box to oliviapoolside today, USPS tracking number 9449 0126 9935 0000 6292 44

My choices and replacements are below; those who'd rather be surprised, stop reading now.


I chose:

Much Ado About Loving
The Art of the Epigraph
The Reader's Companion
Book: The Sequel
The Library Card

And added:

Ex-Libris ( )
The Book Club Cookbook ( )
The Night Bookmobile ( )
Bizarre Books ( )
Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores ( )
Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime ( )


a while ago now. Sorry so late on letting you all know that. I haven't got any books yet read to put in the box. Who is next and are they in a hurry?


In the absence of any other order, I was going by the order in which people signed up - with the exception of azuki, who wanted to be near the end. So by that method the list would be:

oliviapoolside (now BooksandMusic)


Just want to get some idea, not to rush things or complain.


debnance 7 yrs ago
Too late?
I'd love to join in, if it isn't too late.


Is it still w Oliviapoolside or it has moved on? I do hope very much it has not landed on the lost island.
I sort of check the journal links posted here and don't seem to see anything taken by her.


Looks like she's been around the forums - anybody feel like sending her a PM asking for a status update?


I'll send a reminder. I did ask her to hold it for a few days (now weeks) since I would be in Alaska.



I have two books that I need to finish up reading :-), then in they'll go and it will be on it's way again. It needs some TLC & tape, or maybe a new box. I'll see what I have.

PM'g topshelf555 for address, so it'll be ready to go again soon.


I took out:
Killer Librarian
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

And put in:
The Bookman's Promise by John Dunning
Who the Hell is Pansy O'Hara: The Fascinating Stories Behind 50 of the World's Best-Loved Books by John Bond & Chris Sheedy
The Heroine's Bookshelf by Erin Blakemore


Received the box today (Postman left it at front door I hardly use, so it may have been there a few days).

I will take two books -- Can You Forgive Me? Memoirs of a Literary Forger & the Who the Hell is Pansy O'Hara that Nancy just put in.

I will look for/ try to remember exactly what books I had planned to put in this when I signed up for this box and will movie it along ASAP.

Azuki is next - can you PM me your address please? Or I will PM you soon.


Just saw this and pm'ed you.


Re; It's on it's way again, again.... Sorry I had set this aside trying to find the books I wanted to put in it, and forgot about it.... It is on it's way to Azuki today!


I was out of town and just got back!


And I just finished two books for this box last weekend, during the Dewey's read-a-thon. SO I should be able to send it out soon.

I noticed that there are two copies of The Heroine's Bookshelf in the box. I know one is from NancyNova but I can't find the BCID for the other. If it's yours please send me the BCID so I can add it to the book.

ETA: actually, seems like quite a few books are without BCID. If someone just wish to pass on a book I guess that's ok but it's just a matter of forgetting to affix the labels, please send me a message.


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