Forgotten Bookmarks

A Bookseller's Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages

Popek, Michael

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Forgotten Bookmarks
"It's happened to all of us: we're reading a book, something interrupts us, and we grab the closest thing at hand to mark our spot. It could be a train ticket, a letter, an advertisement, a photograph, or a four-leaf clover. Eventually the book finds its way into the world-a library, a flea market, other people's bookshelves, or to a used bookstore. But what becomes of those forgotten bookmarks? What stories could they tell? By day, Michael Popek works in his family's used bookstore. By night, he's the voyeuristic force behind, where he shares the weird objects he has found among the stacks at his store. Forgotten Bookmarks is a scrapbook of Popek's most interesting finds. Sure, there are actual bookmarks, but there are also pictures and ticket stubs, old recipes and notes, valentines, unsent letters, four-leaf clovers, and various sordid, heartbreaking, and bizarre keepsakes. Together this collection of lost treasures offers a glimpse into other readers' lives that they never intended for us to see. "-- Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York : Perigee, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0399537015
Characteristics: ix, 182 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Jun 17, 2014
  • KCLSRecommends rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Precisely what it sounds like: Popek has worked in bookstores for decades and here reproduces so many of the odd bookmarks (and which books they were in) that he has run across over the years. Everything from handwritten notes, 4-leaf clovers, photographs, hairnets, beer coasters, razor blades and much more!


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