Dear Fahrenheit 451
Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks
A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life
Flatiron Books, 2017
Excerpt from the dust cover, “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, the 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 both the iconic and eclectic books she has encountered over the years.”
The publisher’s blurb goes on for quite a bit more extolling the wonders of this nonfiction book about books, and deservedly so. The first thing I did when I got the book in my paws was to see what books she wrote to so I could see if I agreed or disagreed with her. Then I realized that she has a larger reading range than I do so very few of the books we both read coincide. But that’s all right, everyone has their own tastes! I did enjoy reading her letters to books she loved and hated; they were quite funny and honest. The only thing I really didn’t like was her liberal use of profanity – and when I say liberal, I mean profuse and abundant use of the s-word, the f-word and the g-d-word. But if those words don’t bother you, then by all means, read, enjoy and pick out your next book to read! If they are bothersome to you, then be warned!!
Rating 3 out 5 paws mainly for the generous use of profanity, not for the content, which is quite enlightening!