Nicholas A. Basbanes
A Best Book of the Year:
Mother Jones • Bloomberg News • National Post • Kirkus
In these pages, Nicholas Basbanes—the consummate bibliophile’s bibliophile—shows how paper has been civilization’s constant companion. It preserves our history and gives record to our very finest literary, cultural, and scientific accomplishments. Since its invention
A Golden Age classic. In this “sparkling academic mystery,” murders plague a university library—and only an intrepid book cataloger can solve them (Publishers Weekly).
For the staff of the library at the center of The Widening Stain, it’s easy enough to dismiss the death of a woman who fell from a rolling ladder as nothing more than an unfortunate accident. It’s more difficult,