Nadia Halim


Life and Beauties of Fanny Fern: Unearthing a forgotten literary feud of the 1850s


Life and Beauties of Fanny Fern. Anonymous. New York: H. Long and Brother, 1855. Condition: Cover very worn, pages water-stained. Inside front cover bears a small sticker reading “B. Dawson, Bookseller & Stationer, Montreal”. Acquired: Sometime in the mid-1980s, from a thrift shop in Ottawa, for maybe $0.75 A little poking around on the Internet reveals a whole saga of veiled identities and...

Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy: Cold War artifact


The shift to e-books is underway, and it will make our reading lives easier in many ways. But it will also bring losses – especially over time, as books age. A new book can easily be replaced by an e-book, but used books accumulate traces of their travels in a way that e-texts can’t easily mimic or replace. Every paper book has two histories: the story of the published work it contains, and its...