Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Library science.(Books)

Byline: DAVID STEINBERG Of the Journal

Kit has materials, instruction for repairing books at home

"The Booklover's Repair Kit First Aid for Home Libraries" by Estelle Ellis with Wilton Wiggins and Douglas Lee

Alfred A. Knopf, $125, 117 pp.

This book is a nonfiction work. It tells a story, has a beginning, a middle and an end. But it's special in a Martha Stewart vein: It is actually a repair kit that helps you fix books at home. Not expensive first editions, but ordinary books cookbooks, children's books, even paperbacks that have tattered covers, torn pages and other physical ailments.

The kit's retail price of $125 may seem steep, but think of it as a helper that keeps on helping.

"The Booklover's Repair Kit" contains a hardbound instruction manual with illustrations and many tools to help fix your books; a professional's tools like cotton library tape, a micro-spatula and a bamboo brush. …

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