Bound Up with Books

Friday, October 29, 2010

Sean Manning, writer and editor of Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book discusses the book along with two of its contributors; Ed Park, a founding editor of The Believer and author of Personal Days: A Novel, and Sigrid Nuñez, author of Salvation City.

Tell us about your most cherished book!


Sean Manning, Sigrid Nunez and Ed Park
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Comments [15]

Michelle from Yonkers

My favorite book from grade school is a collection of poems called "Potato Chips and a Slice of Moon". From young adulthood on, all of my autographed, first edition hard covers of Anne Rice's books. I have 16 so far.

Oct. 29 2010 11:52 AM
Laurence from Brooklyn

My hardback copy of "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory" from 3rd grade (1972) still with its tattered dust jacket. I remember getting the sequel, "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator" the same year.

I can't wait to share it with my 10 month old son!

Oct. 29 2010 11:50 AM
Mike from Tribeca

Joyce's "Ulysses" is the best sort of friend. He may be difficult at times, but he makes you laugh your head off.

Oct. 29 2010 11:47 AM
Laurence from Brooklyn

My hardback copy of "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory" from 3rd grade (1972) still with its tattered dust jacket. I remember getting the sequel, "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator" the same year.

I can't wait to share it with my 10 month old son!

Oct. 29 2010 11:47 AM
ebun from fort greene

I have made the switch to e-books because I know it is the future. I still love my books, I still go to housing works to try to get as many as I can, my book shelve is my pride.
Achebe's things fall apart will always have a special place in my heart. I think it was the first book that loved me back!

Oct. 29 2010 11:39 AM
Katie Taber from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. The tattered purple copy that my whole family passed around and talked about when I was a teenager. It was such a great book to talk discuss with my hippie parents. I re-read it every few years.

Oct. 29 2010 11:38 AM
Michael from NYC

My most cherished book is a my original copy of The Hero with 1000 Faces by Joseph Campbell that I purchased and read in 1973. I'd like to say that this changed my life, but it probably only gave me an illusion of changing my life that lasted a number of years.

I would note that unlike an ebook, I can lend this beloved artifact to friends (as I have done), or even sell it to someone (which I would never do). As noted in this month's Scientific American, until the copyright issues are resolved in favor of the reader, ebooks will offer much less than the paper books they are meant to replace.

Oct. 29 2010 11:38 AM
Ken from Little Neck

Not sure if this counts, but by far my favorite physical book is my copy of the Bach sonatas and partitas for solo violin. I've had it for 10+ years and will continue to go back to it until the print is no longer readable, at which point I'll go out and buy a brand new one, which will instantly become my new favorite book.

On another note, way to go learning vocabulary from D&D! I can't even begin to guess how much I didn't know I learned from reading RPG rulebooks.

Oct. 29 2010 11:37 AM
jeff from Greenpoint

Fitting for the Halloween weekend, my most-loved book is my Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe. I'm 31 now and I've had it since I was a child. Every time we had to memorize a poem in school, I picked one from this book. I even memorized "The Raven". For years, it's had a special spot next to my bed. I sometimes go back to it for a late night read. The paperback cover is long gone, the spine is shot and the pages are all yellow, rounded and scribbled on for years of love. Happy Halloween!

Oct. 29 2010 11:37 AM

2001 Dirty Jokes.

Oct. 29 2010 11:37 AM
katie from washington heights

I love my e-reader as much as any physical book ive ever had. lugging around heavy books everywhere and filling up my small apartment with bookcases is a thing of the past.

Oct. 29 2010 11:36 AM

'The Tin Drum' by Gunter Grass and there is a new hard back edition with translation by Breon Mitchell.

Oct. 29 2010 11:35 AM
Leta from brooklyn

Just before he died my uncle gave me the copy of The Little Price that he had when he was a little boy. I was 14 and will never forget this beautiful storey.

Oct. 29 2010 11:35 AM
Debbie from Manhattan

I have "Where the Sidewalk Ends," hardback, which I received as a gift in 5th grade (I'm 36 now). I read every poem in that book about 900 times and I even colored in some of the illustrations with crayons/colored pencils. I will keep it forever.

Oct. 29 2010 11:34 AM
Max from Manhattan

"Stone Junction" by Jim Dodge. Although my copy is currently out on loan (as it often is) I love it because of the passages I've marked, the feel of the oft-turned pages and the playing card that has remained it's bookmark through every reading.

Oct. 29 2010 11:33 AM

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