Notes from a Public Typewriter
Michael Gustafson and Oliver Uberti
Here’s a quick – read-in-an-hour – book that is guaranteed to put you in a good mood. I learned about Notes from a Public Typewriter from my blogging friend Charley over at booksandbakes1 and I’m so happy I got my hands on the book!
Notes from a Public Typewriter is all about the Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, owned by Gustafson and his wife, Hilary. When they set up the store in 2013, they put out a typewriter, with paper, for anyone to use. It fit the mood of the store perfectly because Gustafson has a soft spot for old typewriters. His grandfather’s 1930s Smith Corona is on display at the register.
It wasn’t long before customers began to type random, sometimes whimsical and often heartfelt messages for all to see. This book is the combined story of these messages. From confessions and affirmations to marriage proposals and humorous ditties, Gustafson, his wife and their booksellers have seen it all. They share the best of the best in this little book. When you finish, you’ll feel a little more connected with the world.
I don’t want to share too much because the fun is in reading the messages and seeing the store for yourself! Notes from a Public Typewriter is a feel-good book you’ll want to keep on your coffee table. It would be a great gift for a friend, too!
Thank you, Charley, for telling me all about this book. Books and Bakes is one of my favorite blogs so be sure to visit and see Charley’s creative day-trip posts, book reviews and Poloroid snaps.
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