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My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book…
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My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues (original 2017; udgave 2017)

af Pamela Paul (Forfatter)

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"Imagine keeping a record of every book you ever read. What would those titles say about you? With humor and warmth, the editor of The New York Times Book Review shares the stories that have shaped her life. For twenty-eight years, Pamela Paul has been keeping a diary that records the books she reads, rather than the life she leads. Or does it? Over time, it's become clear that this Book of Books, or Bob, as she calls him, tells a much bigger story. For Paul, as for many readers, books reflect her inner life-- her fantasies and hopes, her dreams and ideas. And her life, in turn, influences which books she chooses, whether for solace or escape, diversion or self-reflection, information or entertainment. My Life with Bob isn't about what's in those books; it's about the relationship between books and readers. Bob was with her when she struggled to get through the Norton Anthology of English Literature in college and when she read Anna Karenina while living abroad alone. He was there when she fell in love and much needed when she sought solace in self-help and memoirs like Autobiography of a Face. Through marriage and divorce, remarriage (The Master and Margarita) and parenthood (The Hunger Games), professional setbacks and successes, Bob recorded what she read while all that happened. The diary--now coffee-stained and frayed--is the record of a lifelong love affair with books, and has come to mean more to her than any other material possession. My Life with Bob is a testament to the power of books to provide the perspective, courage, companionship, and ultimately self-knowledge to forge our own path"--… (mere)
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Titel:My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues
Forfattere:Pamela Paul (Forfatter)
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (2017), 256 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues af Pamela Paul (2017)

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Pamela Paul is the editor of the New York Times Book Review, and I am her biggest fan. Every Friday, I wake up and think, "Hooray! Book Review podcast day!" and wait until 3 p.m. when the newest episode of book criticism and author interviews downloads to my phone for listening.

Pamela, if you're reading this, don't be alarmed. The bookish content you create just speaks to me on a very personal level.

Since her early twenties, Pamela has kept a Book of Books (Bob) - a notebook filled with every book she has read over the last ~30 years. It's like Goodreads, but more romantic. "My Life with Bob" is a memoir of Pamela's reading life, and the notebook that's traveled with her through challenges, promotions, and creating and losing family. Not only is she a great book reviewer, but a great writer, too. ( )
  sjanke | Dec 9, 2020 |
After the first couple of chapters, I wondered why I was reading this book. I experienced these exact feelings about books, even many of these books she's mentioning. Yet I wasn't really engaged. So I read the epilogue thinking I would take a pass. Huh, maybe I will keep going. So I did. but I think the first two chapters were the only two where I coincided with the author. after that she lived in Paris, backpacked in Asia, got herself into crazy situations. Lived in London, read books I have never heard of, let alone read. Her career progressed and suddenly she is saying "I am the book editor at NYT" so often she sounds like she is bragging. maybe she can't believe it herself, but then she goes on to talk about her amazing brushes with famous people and her awesome life and it is less about the specific books and just about a life in which books are central. That is true for me, but true in such a different way that I stopped relating. I stopped caring. It is an ok a book but hardly great. Dear Fahrenheit 451 was so much better. More jazz, more energy, more relatable. Take a pass on BOB and read that one instead. ( )
  LDVoorberg | Nov 22, 2020 |
I love this book because she is me. Oh, her life was different but her attitude towards reading and books is the same as mine. She started listing the books she was reading when she was 17, I started at age ten. I ruined my BOB by entering him into software that sorted into alphabetical order and by author etc. and I lost my life of reading in the order I read and those tiny cheap notebooks are long gone. I printed out my books into a huge binder and kept updating it till 1999 when DOS was wiped from computers and my software would not transfer. I kept entering books by hand for a number of years till my BOB was a mess and I started just typing lists so from 2007 I have a direct list of all the books I have read, in order. I did not, as this writer did, put author names with the titles. ( )
  Karen74Leigh | Jul 25, 2019 |
Kudos to Paul for her devotion to Bob, its a wonderful thing to have and the appeal is undeniable. The memoir itself, however, left me out in the cold. The stories of her life I either couldn't sympathize with or were so glossed over they didn't leave much impression. She has a magnificent education, lives abroad, has ups and downs in her love-life, and succeeds in her career. She rarely convinced me of the connections between the books she was reading and those times in her life. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
I thought I would like this book better. I've been keeping a journal of everything I've read (outside of LibraryThing) since 1996. I also include a little review there. But I found some of the chapters very slow going and not interesting. I liked when she talked about children't books the best. ( )
  kayanelson | Sep 21, 2018 |
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"Imagine keeping a record of every book you ever read. What would those titles say about you? With humor and warmth, the editor of The New York Times Book Review shares the stories that have shaped her life. For twenty-eight years, Pamela Paul has been keeping a diary that records the books she reads, rather than the life she leads. Or does it? Over time, it's become clear that this Book of Books, or Bob, as she calls him, tells a much bigger story. For Paul, as for many readers, books reflect her inner life-- her fantasies and hopes, her dreams and ideas. And her life, in turn, influences which books she chooses, whether for solace or escape, diversion or self-reflection, information or entertainment. My Life with Bob isn't about what's in those books; it's about the relationship between books and readers. Bob was with her when she struggled to get through the Norton Anthology of English Literature in college and when she read Anna Karenina while living abroad alone. He was there when she fell in love and much needed when she sought solace in self-help and memoirs like Autobiography of a Face. Through marriage and divorce, remarriage (The Master and Margarita) and parenthood (The Hunger Games), professional setbacks and successes, Bob recorded what she read while all that happened. The diary--now coffee-stained and frayed--is the record of a lifelong love affair with books, and has come to mean more to her than any other material possession. My Life with Bob is a testament to the power of books to provide the perspective, courage, companionship, and ultimately self-knowledge to forge our own path"--

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