Confessions of a (Former?) Book Hoarder

Couldn’t resist sharing this with you. I used to hold on to every book I had and recall once deciding to thin them out, and disposing of only one. One! I do better now, but only because space demands it. It’s either the books or me. Enjoy. Muriel

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By Colin Woodward

“What is this obsession people have with books? They put them in their houses like they’re trophies. What do you need it for after you read it?”

–Jerry to George on Seinfeld

If you are a historian, you probably have lots of books. The same goes for all academics, historians or otherwise. You might have so many books, in fact, that they have become a problem. A problem to store, a problem to move, a problem to get read. Let’s face it, some of us are book hoarders.

I am a recovering one. Or at least, committed to change. It was easy to buy books when I was in graduate school. Much of my time was spent reading. In my first year at LSU, most of my waking hours were spent reading. And that is not an exaggeration. Grad school is intellectual boot camp and…

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