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Shelf Discovery by Lizzie Skurnick
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Sep 08, 10

it was ok
Read from September 07 to 08, 2010

Other reviews detail the typos, homophones, and flat out errors sprinkled liberally throughout this book. I won't dwell on them here other than to say that they really detracted from the reading experience. I never know if the author or the editor should be held accountable, but either way it's inexcusable- especially in a book about books the author ostensibly loves and reveres.

I read the majority of these books as a kid (with the exception of the scary ones, and the dreck like V.C. Andrews) and remember them fondly. It was interesting to read another perspective on them, even when I didn't agree. I never found Frank Gilbreth abusive, for instance, rather a man of difficult genius.

The book suffered, in my opinion, from what I think of as "Cosmo syndrome" wherein MANY words are CAPITALIZED or italicized for emphasis and Other. Annoying. Punctuation. Devices are used. Gah! OMG ZACHARY GRAY!

Interesting as a trip down memory lane, for sure.
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