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Portable magic : a history of books and their readers  Cover Image Book Book

Portable magic : a history of books and their readers / Emma Smith.


"Most of what we say about books is really about the words inside them: the rosy nostalgic glow for childhood reading, the lifetime companionship of a much-loved novel. But books are things as well as words, objects in our lives as well as worlds in our heads. And just as we crack their spines, loosen their leaves and write in their margins, so they disrupt and disorder us in turn. All books are, as Stephen King put it, 'a uniquely portable magic'. Here, Emma Smith shows us why" -- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781524749095
  • ISBN: 9780593081839
  • Physical Description: 337 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2022.

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Formatted Contents Note:
Subject: Books > History.
Books and reading > History.
Book industries and trade > History.
Books > Anecdotes.
Books and reading > Anecdotes.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Consortium of Ohio Libraries. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Community Library (Sunbury).


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
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