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Dear Fahrenheit 451,

Librarians spend their lives weeding. Not weeds, but books! Books that have reached the end of their shelf life, both literally and figuratively. They remove the ones that patrons no longer check out, and they put back the ones they treasure. Annie Spence, who has a decade of experience as a Midwestern librarian, does this not only at her library but also at home, for her neighbors, at cocktail parties—everywhere. In Dear Fahrenheit 451, we read her love letters to Just Kids and Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury, as well as her break-ups with The Giving Tree and Dear John. Her notes to The Goldfinch and The Time Traveler’s Wife feel like classics. Through the lens of the books in her life, Annie comments on everything from women’s psychology to gay culture to health to poverty to childhood aspirations. Hilarious, compassionate, and wise, Dear Fahrenheit 451 is the consummate book-lover's book.

A smart, funny, forthright librarian in book form.
— Kirkus Reviews
...will attract anyone who, upon walking into someone’s house, first side-eyes the bookshelves.
— Library Journal (Starred Review)
...fellow bibliophiles will swoon at her well-articulated feelings about her favorites; all will find the breakup notes oddly cathartic...
— Booklist (Starred Review)
Annie Spence, I’m fairly certain, is my soul mate.
— Bustle, 11 Books All About Books

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