Books (and movies) About Book People (blog)
by Emilyn Linden
It’s no wonder that there are so many books written about book lovers as it’s usually readers who are writers. From Little Women to Fahrenheit 451 to The Librarianist (this one’s new and still has holds), authors write about books because they love them. There are books of all different genres and for all different ages on subjects ranging from lost books to selling books to being pulled into books.
Enjoy this curated list of books about books and bibliophiles for a bookish summer read.
Four friends' lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club tackles the infamous "Fifty Shades of Grey."
I can’t believe this one came out in 1989. Professor John Keating and his love of English literature inspires his students to seize the day - with unexpected results.
The story of an extraordinary and influential young woman who had to go to great lengths to hide her heritage in order to achieve and maintain a place in New York society.
The story of two women from the same family, one in 1913 and the other in 1993, who must navigate their professional and personal lives and ties to the New York Public Library.
Devon lives out on the Yorkshire Moors with her clan known as The Family, a line of people for whom books are food, and who retain all of a book's content after eating it.
Not just the beloved ‘80s movie but also the book on which it’s based. The story of a lonely boy who steps through the pages of a book into a special kingdom.
A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store's most annoying customer.
A young, black woman working in publishing makes a surprise connection with an author who has failed to deliver his highly anticipated manuscript.
Books that aren't finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, but when restless characters who emerge from those unfinished stories escape, it is up to the Librarian to track them down...and keep the collection complete.
A by-the-book literary agent must decide if happily ever after is worth changing her whole life for.
When Liv’s employer (and personal hero) bestselling author Essie Starling asks Liv to complete her final novel as her dying wish, Liv can’t say no.
Feeling cast off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college.
Making a Faustian bargain to live forever but never be remembered, a woman from early eighteenth-century France endures unacknowledged centuries before meeting a bookseller who remembers her name.
Old and ailing author Vida Winter summons a biographer to tell the story of her life in this gothic paean to fairy tales and family mysteries.
After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his tech career, Clay Jannon takes a job at the titular bookstore in San Francisco, and soon realizes that the bookstore is a facade for a strange secret.
Mountweazel (n.), the phenomenon of false entries within dictionaries and works of reference. Often used as a protect against copyright infringement.
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
Emilyn Linden is a librarian in the FDL Public Library Information and Outreach Services department.