Something in me shrivels and dies when I see a dog-eared page. Later, no matter, how hard or often you press the folded corner of the page back, the line stays. A reminder of disrespect to a book, and yet a tribute to the author. For if you dog-eared the book, it means you intend to continue reading. A History of Reading is a wonderful celebration of the human race. From clay tablet to CD-ROM, from book thieves to book burners, bibliophiles, book fools, and saints, noted essayist Alberto Manguel follows the quirky and passionate 6000-year-old history of the written word, whose true hero is you, the reader. If you love reading, this, at long last, is your story.