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Melissa Eisenmeier

Melissa lives in Baltimore with her two cats, Stan Lee and Spencer. She likes Harry Potter, historical fiction (especially if it's set in colonial/Revolutionary War-era America or WW2), and animals.

For a long time, if a book involved other books, I wanted to read it. Here are some of the ones I’ve read over the years.

The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap, by Wendy Welch, was definitely my favourite. It’s a memoir by a woman who opened a bookstore with her husband in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. It was so interesting reading about their bookstore and the trials of running a business.

Avid Reader, by Robert Gottlieb, is a memoir by a man who worked for Simon and Schuster in publishing a long time. I loved part about his college years; he talked about what books he read and which ones he loved. It was also neat reading about the authors he met when he was working for Simon an Schuster.

Ex-Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, by Anne Fadiman chronicles the author's bookish life. Anne Fadiman is--by her own admission--the sort of person who learned about sex from her father's copy of Fanny Hill, whose husband buys her 19 pounds of dusty books for her birthday, and who once found herself poring over her roommate's 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only written material in the apartment that she had not read at least twice.


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