Dear Fahrenheit 451

Dear Fahrenheit 451

eBook - 2017
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A Gen-X librarian's laugh-out-loud funny, deeply moving collection of love letters and break-up notes to the books in her life. Librarians spend their lives weeding. Not weeds, but books! Books that have reached the end of their shelf life, both literally and figuratively. They remove the ones that patrons no longer check out, and they put back the ones they treasure. Annie Spence, who has a decade of experience as a Midwestern librarian, does this not only at her Michigan library but also at home, for her neighbors, at cocktail parties?everywhere. In Dear Fahrenheit 451 , she addresses those books directly. We read her love letters to Just Kids and Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury , as well as her break-ups with The Giving Tree and Dear John . Her notes to The Goldfinch and The Time Traveler's Wife feel like classics. Through the lens of the books in her life, Annie comments on everything from women's psychology to gay culture to health to poverty to childhood aspirations. Hilarious, compassionate, and wise, Dear Fahrenheit 451 is the consummate book-lover's book.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Flatiron Books, 2017.
ISBN: 9781250113887
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Catnip for book lovers, librarian Spence considers books she comes across in her work, her life, and her history. Sweet, funny, and a bit snarky, this quick read will inspire your to-read list. Suggested by Jackie P.

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Jun 17, 2019

Spence randomly drops F-bombs in the most unnecessary places in her book. Every time it was jarring, and I felt embarrassed for her, as if my boss had just heard me swear. I’m not against cursing in books, but because swears are so potent, they have to be wielded wisely, not ubiquitous, or they lose all meaning and the author ends up sounding like an “edgy” teenager. It’s okay, Spence. You’re an adult. You can do swears. You can eat cake for breakfast. You still shouldn’t do either all the time even though your parents aren’t around to punish you.

Although the voice narrator, Stephanie Spicer, has a clear, easy to understand style of reading, that didn’t make up for the snooze-fest near the end. The author shifts gears and decides it’s appropriate to make a list of books in a book. Books with librarians in them, for example. It’s almost like someone narrated a Goodreads list to me, giving a 1-2 sentence synopsis for each novel. I found it impossible to focus, and on my long commute, this section was a threat to my ability to stay awake.

Mar 10, 2019

My husband and I listened to the audiobook version and we loved it! So many wonderful books to remember or to put on the "must read" list. Funny and very informative. It started off a little slow but quickly took off.

Feb 05, 2019

A book for all book lovers. It will remind you of your favorites and will leave with a full reading list.

Loving books should never been seen as a competition; but, if it was, Annie Spence would win gold. This book is made up of two great parts: letters to her favourite (or not so favourite) books, and book lists that include a wide range of topics and familiar titles from part one thrown in the mix, like any awesome librarian would do if they wrote a book about books. It’s a short read (like The Book of Awesome), but deeply engrossing. Each letter feels like a mini book club, with Spence’s heart and humour leading the discussion. As someone who works in a library, this almost seems like the easiest book to write a review on. It has many of my favourite things: books, library stories, humour. But as an avid reader, I feel like I’ve met a new friend, who gives pretty awesome recommendations for what to read next! Give this book a try, even if you aren’t sure about reading a book about books. (Submitted by Mara)

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.

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Apr 02, 2018

Dear Annie,
Loved your book! It's the best book about libraries since Don Borchert's Free for all: oddballs, geeks and gangstas in the public library.

I too have commented the worst infraction from time to time; namely recommending books from my must read shelves instead of listening to the Customer. Sometimes we simply cannot keep great books to ourselves! I really enjoyed your epilogue where your remind us once again, how important Libraries are to our communities and Country.

Keep on writing and I'll keep on reading,
Love, Gina d
PS I totally agree about N. Sparks :)

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.

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CMLibrary_gjd_0 Apr 02, 2018

pg 56 You can't work wonders with everyone because, like all things with magic inside them, you have to wait for the right hands to touch you at just the right moment.


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