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People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

I decided to be brave and record my review of Geraldine Brooks’s People of the Book. I did it for the Keepin’ It Real Book Club, one of my favourite book blogs to read and one of the only ones I really participate in. They’re currently doing a month-long show of book video reviews for Keep Toronto Reading. My book twin Jen Knoch has written up a flattering introduction to my vid, too. She has kindly ignored my unshoweredness and the funny disembodied hand on my neck (it’s my own, thank goodness). I was leaning my arm across the back of my couch. But anyway. All self-consciousness aside, okay.

People of the Book is one of my favourite novels, and it’s stuck with me for a very long time. It even inspired me to look up book repair courses. I haven’t signed up for them, but anyway. It’s still an interest.

Geraldine Brooks is a Pulitzer-Prize winner and the author of Year of Wonders and March.

There’s more I could have said, more I could have said much better. I highly recommend this book. It stuck me on such an emotional level that I find it difficult to articulate why I liked it so much. Mainly, my appreciation as a bibliophile for books deepened, and my feelings towards the books on my own shelves also grew, though I didn’t know that was possible. I already think of my books as little souls, but now I see them as characters in my life with their own histories. Who touched my books before I did. What hands did they pass down through, from making to my purchase, especially the second-hand ones. Think about it.

Without further ado, here is the video. I’ll make better ones as I go on, I promise. It will be useful here and for Biblio, when the time comes, which it will.

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4 Comments to “People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks”

  1. Kathryn

    I LOVE THIS! You are such an articulate and intelligent book lover. Also, Biblio needs this. What if there was a booth, like that speakers corner thing they do (or did) in Toronto? People make videos on what they thought about books! Awesome! Oh, and that book is one of my favourites. You told me about it awhile back and you were very right about it. A total gem.


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