Dear Fahrenheit 451 : love and heartbreak in the stacks : a librarian's love letters and breakup notes to the books in her life / Annie Spence.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: If you love to read, and presumably you do since you've picked up this book, you know that some books affect you so profoundly they forever change the way you think about the world. Some books, on the other hand, disappoint you so much you want to throw them against the wall. Either way, it's clear that a book can be your new soul mate or the bad relationship you need to end. In Dear Fahrenheit 451, librarian Annie Spence has crafted love letters and breakup notes to the iconic and eclectic books she has encountered over the years. From breaking up with The Giving Tree (a dysfunctional relationship book if ever there was one), to her love letter to The Time Traveler's Wife (a novel less about time travel and more about the life of a marriage, with all of its ups and downs), Spence will make you think of old favorites in a new way. Filled with suggested reading lists, Spence's take on classic and contemporary books is very much like the best of literature sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes surprisingly poignant, and filled with universal truths. A celebration of reading, Dear Fahrenheit 451 is for anyone who loves nothing more than curling up with a good book...and another, and another, and another!
    • Content Notes:
      Introduction -- Special subjects -- Library employees -- Assistance to readers.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-244).
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Booklist Reviews 2017 August #1

*Starred Review* Public librarian Spence has something to say to many of the countless books she's known, from categories good, bad, and other. A consummate reader, Spence also considers being a kid, mom, wife, and librarian in this collection of letters to titles ranging from Nikki Giovanni's Love Poems to the weedable Principles of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis or the more conceptual Book That Jeffrey Eugenides May Have Owned and Written Personal Notes In. Her letter to Roget's Thesaurus is a delight. Library lovers will dig the apropos subject headings she gives each letter; fellow bibliophiles will swoon at her well-articulated feelings about her favorites; all will find the breakup notes oddly cathartic ("I'm putting you in a Little Free Library") and appreciate her book's final, readers'-advisory-informed section of superb reading lists of all sorts. Readers need not share Spence's likes and dislikes, or even have a familiarity with the books she addresses, to appreciate this clever, heartfelt, and often-funny exercise, and they will hope that Spence has more in store. Someday, somewhere, a book addressed in a loving letter might be one of hers: Dear Dear Fahrenheit 451, thanks for the lovely reminder of the ways we find ourselves in books. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2017 July #1

Occasionally, librarian humor can get a bit niche. The subtitle of this collection of letters addressed to books, from librarian and debut author Spence, might mislead; while flavored with a good dose of librarian, it's perfect for any bibliophile and terrifically funny. These aren't only love letters to the books that have made the author laugh and cry, there are also letters to the titles she can't bear to touch. Literally. The ones that needed to be weeded decades ago. Those she can't bear to have recommended to her one more time (e.g., Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian). Like many inveterate readers, Spence learns about life through books, but she also discovers more about her surroundings—there's even a letter to bookshelves she encounters at a stranger's party. This book should appeal to readers who are looking for the next Texts from Jane Eyre, or those who enjoyed that concept but don't especially like texting. It will also attract anyone who, upon walking into someone's house, first side-eyes the bookshelves and instantly judges. VERDICT Highly recommended.—Audrey Snowden, Orrington P.L., ME

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.