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Read Me: A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
“A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements,” Read Me is a fascinating collection of more than 300 surprising and strange, beautiful and funny vintage book ads that together reveal the hidden history of America’s literary culture over the past 100 years. Dwight Garner, daily book critic for the New York Times, has gathered hundreds of examples of original publishers ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Ecco (first published November 1st 2009)
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Rebecca McNutt
Apr 19, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it
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This book offers a fun and nostalgic trip through time and as you read through it, the cultural changes of the nation are evident in these adverts that go as far back as the early 1900's.
John
Jun 05, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
Dwight Garner's Read Me: A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements is a treasure trove of an area of publishing that's normally overlooked by many: book advertisements. Inside you'll find over 300 vintage book advertisements, many for titles that are celebrated, some infamous, and some that are quite obscure. Starting with ads for "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "Huckleberry Finn" the author explains, "Together these random advertisements tell a story - a kind of secret history, narrated in pu ...more
Jim
Feb 08, 2010 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: reference, advertisng
just accidentally reread this. don't remember the first time, same rating though.

something i learned, gatsby was sold as a satire. david halberstam wrote an expose of the viet nam war in 1965, "the making of a quagmire"

w/300 plus ads only two books stand out as must have/read. "my enemy the motor, a tale in 8 honks and one crash" julian street 1908 and winnie-the-pooh "large paper edition, limited to 200 copies signed by mr. milne and mr. shepard" what a book that would be!

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Al
May 06, 2012 Al rated it liked it
I found this book in a used book store, and it's a surprise treasure for book lovers. It is simply a compilation of 100 years of advertisements for books, many famous, some notorious, some obscure. Dwight Garner provides a useful commentary in each chapter about the changes in book advertising over the years. The advertisements typically appeared in the book sections of newspapers, and many brought back fond memories; as such sections in newspapers vanish, this is a look at a vanishing advertisi ...more
Tammy
Jan 08, 2010 Tammy marked it as to-read
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Barbara A.
Dec 22, 2009 Barbara A. rated it it was amazing
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Really enjoyed this so much!

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Ken
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What a wonderful adjunct to my collection of postcards that advertise books.
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