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How To Get Rid Of Books, by The Awl

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First, you have to identify the keepers. 

A book is safe in my home if it meets any of the following criteria:

  • a) I like it.
  • b) I like its author.
  • c) I intend to like it when I get around to reading it.
  • d) It’s a classic.
  • e) It has sentimental value.
  • f) It’s autographed (e.g., my long-dead grandfather’s personalized copy of J. Edgar Hoover’s Masters of Deceit: The Story of Communism in America and How to Fight It).
  • g) Its premise amuses me (I Was Jacqueline Kennedy’s Dressmaker).

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