Allison Hoover Bartlett has written the true story of thief John Gilkey.  Gilkey has stolen a fortune in rare books from around the country.  He steals for the love of books  and his drive to have them, not to make a profit on them.  This quietly written narrative also give insights into the lives of antiquarian book dealers and the facts regarding rare, beloved books.  A first trade edition of  The Tale of Peter Rabbit can sell for $15,000.   As the Boston Globe states; books are objects of meditation, desire, touchstones of memory and talismans with almost magical powers.  I agree.  LA Carlson

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