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, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11588761/
. 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, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11590400/
. 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, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11573998/
. 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, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11575706/
. "Stories behind books given and received."
Can You Ever Forgive Me? Memoirs of a Literary Forger, by Lee Israel, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11573988/
. 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, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11573975/
. 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, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11619286/
. 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, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11575727/
. 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, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11599718/
. Nonfiction. "The true story of a brilliantly forged Emily Dickinson poem sold at Sotheby's in 1997."
Scouts in Bondage, by Michael Bell, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11573996/
. Humor. "Old books that raised a grin if not a guffaw from his customers as soon as they saw them."