Friday, March 18, 2016

Book Boo-boos

I like to listen to podcasts when I'm walking or biking and naturally some of these are book related. Go figure! My current favourite is Book Riot, however recently I listened to a couple of World Book Club presentations from the BBC. An author is interviewed and then answers questions from either the studio audience or callers from around the world. The last one I heard had Marian Keyes as the guest. I guess I'm a day late - I should have written about this well-known Irish author when it was St. Patrick's Day!

In any event this blog post isn't really about the author. I read and enjoyed a couple of her books several years ago. With this in mind I picked one up to leaf through during one of my all too frequent trips to B&N. This is what I found:

"What the heck is this?", I said to myself, "Some newfangled print designed to further vex sight challenged senior people like me?". I then took the offensive book up to the counter to ask a bookseller if this were some sort of printing error. "I believe so", she said. "I've never seen anything like it before." I asked permission to take a photo and so there it is above with the Ruth Reichl book I eventually purchased that day. As I left the counter I couldn't help but think there are probably more of those misprints lurking unnoticed in bookstores and libraries. 

As to the Ruth Reichl book, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life, it also turned out to be a book boo-boo. I wasn't aware of this until I got it home and started to read. There is nothing wrong with the content. I loved Ms. Reichl's earlier memoirs, Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me With Apples and Garlic and Sapphires. This recent endeavour does not disappoint. The problem is it is actually a cookbook as well with some beautiful accompanying photos, but, the book itself does not open like a proper cookbook should. Very frustrating! I wouldn't be surprised to see this publishing error addressed in future reprints. I still recommend it but perhaps one should wait for a better edition?


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