Sunday, November 22, 2015

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


+Michael Popek put together a book filled with a collection of various things he's found left behind in a wide variety of books from different people. These brief glimpses into the lives of people who we'd otherwise know nothing about is so amazing. You can tell so much from someone by a tiny scrap of paper, or the types of books they read.

Name: Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller's Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages
Author: Michael Popek
Released: Perigee Books
Publisher: November 1, 2011
Pages: 192
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Amazon:
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 www.forgottenbookmarks.com, 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 actualbookmarks, 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.

Extra thoughts: 
I really did thoroughly enjoy this book. I love books like this in general, but they are far and few in between. I highly recommend this book if you love seeing fleeting glimpses of the past or are curious about what Popek has found in his adventures of book-selling. I promise it's worth it.

Links to buy:
Amazon ($3.98)
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