Bookends support each other and come in pairs So have the rare book dealers Rostenberg and Stern, who share their German Jewish backgrounds, 50 year personal and professional relationship, and thoughts on the changing book world and aging Rostenberg is a past president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association Includes photos Annotation c Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com...
|Title||:||Bookends: Two Women, One Enduring Friendship|
|Publisher||:||Free Press July 12, 2001|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
|File Size||:||967 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Bookends: Two Women, One Enduring Friendship Reviews
Lovely book about two women pioneers -- two women who entered young adulthood at a time when the majority of women were destined for a life of marriage and children and not working outside the home. Both women were the products of Jewish families of means so it would have been easy for both of them to accommodate to the expected norms of their background and society at that time. Instead -- they chose to pursue education and intellectual pursuits. At the time they became antiquarin book dealers, they entered a field that was "men only." Undeterred by obstacles they forged ahead and became very successful in that field because they were so very good at what they did.
A wonderful book about books and lasting friendships. I also bought their first book. I lent them to a friend -- she didn't return them.
What a joy this book was for someone who loves books and spirited, vital old women! Had seen them interviewed many years ago and was so impressed that I ordered this book when I stumbled on it. About half of the book provides a clear picture of what it was like to be young, bright, female and Jewish (albeir privileged)in the first half of the twentieth century and the barriers to be surmounted. The other half is about their profession (rare book collectors and sellers). I learned a lot about that profession, but was also fascinated by their account of several literary mysteries solved (most notably, discovering works not previously attributed to Louisa May Alcott and shedding new light on her life). I will not forget them or their story.
These intertwined memoirs cover the lives of Leona Rostenberg and Madeleine Stern, who blazed a new path for women in the book business. The stories are more sketches than portraits, although I enjoyed most the section on book selling, including a listing of all the ways in which the bookstores of their past are now just memories.
The two wonder women of antiquarian book selling authored nine books. I've read them all. Some are more focused on the act of antiquarian book selling while others focus more on their unique and enduring friendship. In this volume they simply ran out of material. They covered similar topics more elegantly and in more depth in previous volumes. Their work, "Old Books Rare Friends" is a far stronger variation on this same theme.