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This month’s book for San Jose Public Library’s Online Book Club is The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett. This exciting book features the author enmeshing herself in the world of rare books. The book discusses collecting, dispenses facts about rare books and details the dogged determinism of Ken Sanders in stopping a book thief. Partially set in the Bay Area, this book has a wide cross section of interest; book lovers, true crime aficionados and a dash of technology and history. Each week, we'll put forth a different question to prompt reflection on the book and its ideas. We hope you will participate in the discussion by leaving comments below!
Question for Week 1: What is the underlying relationship between John Gilkey and Ken Sanders?
At first glance, their relationship is like a cat and a mouse. However, I see it a little differently. John has devised ways to steal rare books, and it is up to Ken to stop him. They both treasure the same thing: rare books. John has taken advantage of lax security and has unfortunately involved others (credit card numbers) in his misdeeds. Ken, crusty and individualistic, loves the idea of rare manuscripts, even if he is not that interested in their content. John also loves the rare books, but he is more interested in the status of a fine collection, where Ken has more of a caretaker or commercial interest in the material. They both want the same thing, access and control of rare books. They have a lot more in common than a cat and a mouse have with each other.