Books About Books

As a book lover, there is something special about reading books that convey an even deeper love of books. Here you will find a collection of books about books, libraries, and book shops. Fun fact: we have every title I had in mind for this list, further proving our love of books here at TBP!

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FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury

DB 34963

Social satire set in the future, when owning or reading books is a crime. Guy Montag, the fireman-hero, becomes a fugitive when he succumbs to temptation. Some strong language.

EYRE AFFAIR by Jasper Fforde

DB 54764

In an alternate 1985 England, literature is a mass obsession, time travel is commonplace, and literary characters can be killed. When Jane Eyre is kidnapped, literary detective Thursday Next vows to rescue her. But Thursday may find herself trapped forever inside the pages of the classic novel from which Jane has been abducted. 2001.

READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN by Azar Nafisi

DB 56459

Former professor of English literature in Iran relates her experiences, after resigning her university post in 1995, in continuing to teach seven female students who met secretly at her home each week to discuss literary classics. Nafisi describes how the women, reacting to the Islamic republic’s intolerance, resisted oppression and embraced free thought. 2003.

DIARY OF A BOOKSELLER by Shaun Bythell

DBC16580

A funny and fascinating memoir of a year in the life at the helm of The Bookshop, in the small village of Wigtown, Scotland and of the delightfully odd locals, unusual staff, eccentric customers, and surreal buying trips that make up his life there as he struggles to build his business . . . and be polite. Unrated.

THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean

DB 92869

The author re-opens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in US history. On April 29, 1986, fire broke out at the Los Angeles Public Library and destroyed or damaged more than a million books. Examines the evolution of public libraries while celebrating their value in society. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK by Kim Michele Richardson

DB 95243

Kentucky, 1936. Nineteen-year-old Cussy Mary Carter has been working as part of the Pack Horse Library Project, but her father hopes she’ll marry–despite the family trait of blue skin. In addition to her father’s hopes, Cussy must also face the prejudice of the community she serves. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

WHEN BOOKS WENT TO WAR Molly Guptill Manning

DB 80928

Attorney describes the Victory Book Campaign during World War II, which provided American soldiers with selected literature of note in the face of Nazi censorship and destruction of books. Discusses the impact the program had on the titles chosen and on the publishing industry. 2014

MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan

DB 75599

While hunting for a new job, Web designer Clay Jannon wanders across Mr. Penumbra’s Twenty-Four-Hour Bookstore, which sits next to a strip joint. Hired for the night shift, Clay is soon drawn into a world of mystery, intrigue, and kooky customers. 2012.

STORIED LIFE OF AJ FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin

DB 78978

When his most prized possession, a rare volume of poetry by Edgar Allan Poe, is stolen, bookstore owner A.J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family, and associates. Then he receives a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life. Strong language. Bestseller. 2014.

GOODNIGHT JUNE by Sarah Jio

DB 79544

2005. June Andersen discovers she has inherited her great-aunt Ruby’s bookstore in Seattle. As June settles the estate, she unearths letters between Ruby and children’s author Margaret Wise Brown. Reading the correspondence, June realizes how she needs to change her own life. Some strong language. 2014.

MAN WHO LOVED BOOKS TOO MUCH by Allison Hoover Bartlett

DB 72385

Journalist investigates famed rare-book thief John Gilkey to uncover his motivation for stealing exquisite literature. Retraces the cat-and-mouse game Gilkey played with Ken Sanders, security chair of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, in the late 1990s and early 2000s. 2009.

GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY by Mary Ann Shaffer

DB 67526

London, 1946. Writer Juliet Ashton corresponds with Dawsey Adams and other members of a literary society created as a front during the Nazi occupation of the British channel island Guernsey. Through letters, Juliet learns about their wartime experiences. Intrigued, Juliet sails to Guernsey, where she finds new inspiration. Bestseller. 2008.

LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR by Scott Hawkins

DB 82679

Carolyn and a few others were brought as children to an unusual library that exists outside of time. There, they acquired various special abilities. When the god-like figure they call Father disappears from the library, Carolyn and her siblings search for him. Violence and some strong language. 2015.

LAST BOOKANEER by Matthew Pearl

          DB 81454

In 1890, the implementation of an international copyright law is looming, and competing bookaneers Pen Davenport and his nemesis, Belial, travel to Samoa to steal the final manuscript by Robert Louis Stevenson. On arriving, however, they find the environment to be more dangerous than they expected. Violence and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

INVISIBLE LIBRARY (1st in Series) by Genevive Cogman

DB 86252

Irene works as an agent for the Invisible Library, tracking down rare manuscripts from alternate realities. She and her assistant travel to a version of Victorian London only to find that the book they seek has already been stolen. Some violence. 2016.

LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP by Nina George

DB 81928

Parisian bookseller Jean Perdu prescribes particular books to cure emotional ills, but he himself is haunted by his lost love, Manon. New neighbor Catherine convinces him to read a letter Manon left behind twenty years ago, setting him on a journey to make peace with his past. Some strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

DB 58940

Barcelona, 1945. Young Daniel Sempere selects Julián Carax’s The Shadow of the Wind when his father takes him to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Daniel loves the novel, investigates the author’s life and death, and meets a cast of characters hiding deadly secrets. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2001.

INK AND BONE (THE GREAT LIBRARY SERIES) by Rachel Caine

DB 85432

In a world where the personal ownership of a physical book is illegal, the Great Library controls content by using alchemy to deliver books via tablets. Black market smuggler Jess Brightwell is sent to the Great Library as a trainee and as a spy. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2015.

END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB by Will Schwalbe

DB 75762

Journalist and publishing professional chronicles the conversations he had with his mother as he accompanied her on treatments for advanced pancreatic cancer. Discusses books such as Crossing to Safety (DB 49441), The Hobbit (DB 48978), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (DB 67759), and others. Bestseller. 2012.

THIRTEENTH TALE by Diane Setterfield

DB 63418

Cambridge antiquarian bookseller Margaret Lea is hired by legendary author Vida Winter to pen her life story before she dies. At Vida’s decrepit estate out on the Yorkshire moors, Margaret listens to a family history of ghosts, incest, abandoned babies, and other secrets, but wonders, is it true? Bestseller. 2006.

AN UNNECESSARY WOMAN by Rabih Alameddine

          DB 78325

Beirut. Seventy-two-year-old Aaliya spends her days translating books from English and French into Arabic for her private amusement. Divorced, childless, and godless in the eyes of society, she is shunned. She reflects on the literature that has touched her life and helped her survive the Lebanese Civil War. 2013.

BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

DB 62431

Death narrates the tale of nine-year-old Liesel from 1939 to 1943 in Nazi Germany. Liesel copes with a foster family, air raids, her friend Rudy, and a hidden Jew, sustained by the books she steals. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2006.

LAST BOOKSHOP IN LONDON by Madeline Martin

          DB 103176

In August 1939, London prepares for war. Grace Bennett has always dreamed of moving to the city, and finds a job working at Primrose Hill, a dusty book shop in the heart of London. As Grace rediscovers her love of reading, the store unites a community suffering under the Blitz. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020

LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE by Fiona Davis

DB 99608

1913. Laura Lyons has made a home for her family within the august walls of the New York Public Library thanks to her husband’s job. But her world is opened when she’s accepted to journalism school. Eighty years later, her granddaughter Sadie reckons with choices made. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

MY LIFE WITH BOB by Pamela Paul

DB 88868

Since high school, the editor of the New York Times Book Review has kept a journal of every book she reads. She calls the journal Bob, her “Book of Books.” The author muses on the books that she read at pivotal moments in her life. 2017.

PEOPLE OF THE BOOK by Geraldine Brooks

DB 66059

Australian book conservator Hanna Heath analyzes a Hebrew manuscript created in medieval Spain and saved from destruction in 1990s Sarajevo. Hanna’s discoveries–an insect wing, salt crystals, and wine and blood stains–reveal the codex’s past and the lives of its guardians. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller. 2008.