Thursday, December 15, 2011

Forgotten Bookmarks... A Treasure

I know what book I'm getting Christmas Eve.  It's Forgotten Bookmarks by Michael Popek.  Every Christmas Eve, my children open three gifts... a book, new pajamas, and an ornament.  It's a tradition we started when our oldest was born 24 years ago.  Of course, mom and dad get a book too.  And, we always get a new family book to add to our Christmas book collection.
      While we were shopping last week at the Tattered Cover, I slipped this gem into my shopping basket.  MIchael Popek is a bookstore owner in New York and this book offers a collection of tidbits he's found in the used books they sell... stories, photographs, bookmarks, etc.  
     In Forgotten Bookmarks the authors shares a collection of tidbits he's found.  Of course, the readers, who long ago tucked the bits and pieces in the books they were reading, never knew their forgotten treasures would be captured in a book as lovely as this one!
     Poems, photographs, recipes, love letters... the items that Michel Popek includes in Forgotten Bookmarks are personal, humorous, and fascinating.  It's like "pickers' for book lovers!  I can't wait until Christmas Eve so I can dig deeper into this book.  I know I'll laugh, cry, and ponder.  I love old books... and I love when I find secrets within their pages (just last week I was reading a used book to my students and we found three four-leaf clovers someone had pressed in its pages)!

By the way, Mr. Popek as a website here and it's a perfect site to keep "bookmarked" as you read this book!


  1. I love finding forgotten items in books. I'll have to check this one out!

  2. I love your tradition! We do the pajamas in my family, too, but I love the addition of the book to promote reading and the ornament to celebrate the holiday. I'll be sure to start this with my grandkids!

  3. Sounds beautiful! Such a great book to share with family. I'll add it to my ever-growing queue.

  4. Drat! My public library doesn't have this yet! My children open just a book on Christmas Eve, and it's not really a proper Christmas if I don't get something to read!