Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World

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When Nancy tracked down a ten-dollar copy of War and Peace in order to win a birthday bet with Larry, the Goldstones' love affair with old books began. Over the next three years they haunted every used and rare bookshop between New York and Boston that they could find, from dingy, dust-filled barns to elegant Park Avenue galleries. Starting small on cheap, out-of-print used books, their addiction soon graduated to first editions and, finally, to three-quarter morocco, custom-bound antiquarian classics that they could not afford. Along the way, they gained an education in books - and in people - that we can all savor. This warm and witty story is filled with eccentric characters, from a punk book dealer peddling fifty-thousand-dollar modern firsts to a golf-obsessed Shakespearean scholar with books on demonic possession in his basement. Part travel story, part love story, and part memoir, Used and Rare is an absorbing and delightful journey and a love letter to book lovers everywhere.

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User Review  - laytonwoman3rd - LibraryThing

A light and entertaining read about a young married couple venturing into the world of book collecting, in New England, New York and Chicago. Fun, and sometimes very funny. December, 2009 Read full review

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User Review  - hardlyhardy - LibraryThing

There are books that tell readers how to go about collecting rare books, but Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone's "Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World" shows you how to do it. The disadvantage is that ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Lawrence Goldstone's first novel, Rights, won a New American Writing Award. He has written for the Advocate and teaches creative writing at New York University.

Nancy Goldstone has written articles for the New York Times, Washington Post Magazine, the Boston Herald, Lear's, the Boston Phoenix, and the New York Daily News, as well as several novels, including The Lady Queen. The Goldstones live in Westport, Connecticut.

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