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This morning in the Reading With the Authors column we have a wondrous treat for you.
David L. Faucheux brings yet another book to life with his rich reviewing style.
Once you’ve read this review you’re going to want to go straight away and get it for yourself.
Before you do I’d like to encourage you to read onward to see all about David’s own magnificent work.
In his book you will find:
Book reviews; recipes; and descriptions of his many trials and triumphs.
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Now, here’s David and his most magnificent review.
My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues
I never know what surprises BARD has in store during my daily visits; it’s a bit like Christmas morning for bibliophiles. For those not in the know, BARD, an acronym for Braille and Audio Reading Download, is a website developed and overseen by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped that allows access to recorded and braille books and magazines. When I came across Pamela Paul’s bibliomemoir, I knew I’d have to read it. BARD describes it this way.
Since high school, the editor of the New York Times Book Review has kept a journal of every book she reads. She calls the journal Bob, her “Book of Books.” The author muses on the books that she read at pivotal moments in her life.
Reading this book, I learned that from a young age, Pamela Paul found that books could be private spaces where she could explore and learn about anything that intrigued her. In high school, she began keeping a list of books that she had read. Bob, or her book of books, became a road map to her experiences. By visiting it, she could remember past events such as her years at university and how much she did not know while there or her time roughing it in Thailand.
Between Bob’s covers can be found a range of books from Sweet Valley High to Anna Karenina, from Catch-22 to Swimming to Cambodia. Amazon, Kirkus, and Goodreads reviewers opine that while this notebook/journal illuminates the externals of Paul’s life, it goes beyond this by describing a journey in reading that reflects Paul’s inner life: her fantasies and hopes, her mistakes and missteps, her dreams and her ideas. Her life, in turn, influences the books she chooses, whether for solace or escape, information or sheer entertainment. It is this richness that takes the work far beyond being a simple listicle of favorite books.
Life with Bob resonated as I, too, have kept a booklist for many years though I did not start as early as Paul did but rather midway through college. I find that keeping a list of books read interspersed with short jottings on recent deaths, personal happenings, and bits from the books, helps me codify and conquer time. My booklist serves as a kind of biblio-cartography of life that seeks to map the topography of existence.
By consulting the booklist, I am reminded of what I read in college, I needed the distraction of fiction to handle being blind at a huge university. I read during library school because I needed to de-stress; likewise, during the years I worked teaching braille and doing medical transcription. I tried to fill long hours when I had no idea what came next with escapist science fiction and fantasy. I used selections from my booklist to add a bit of bibliographic interest to my own recently published journal, Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile, which was recently abridged preparatory to audio production.
More on David and his fabulous work…
Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile
By: David L. Faucheux / C 2017 / 510 pages
In e-book ($4.99) and print ($19.95) from Amazon, Smashwords, and other online sellers.
What the book is about:
Friends and family. Restaurants and recipes. Hobbies and history. TV programs the author loved when he could still see and music he enjoys. The schools he attended and the two degrees he attained. The career that eluded him and the physical problems that challenge him. And books, books, books: over 230 of them quoted from or reviewed. All in all, an astonishing work of erudition and remembrance.
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