Published by Touchstone on April 21st 2015
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Writing in a brand new notebook. Organizing a desk drawer. Shopping for office supplies. If you have a smile on your face 1.) you’re not alone, and 2.) you probably need to read The Perfection of the Paper Clip by James Ward.
I’m sure there are readers out there who would find a book about stationery dreadfully dull, but I’m not one of them. I can’t tell you how much I love binder clips and Sharpies, or how much I despise using White Out from a pen. James Ward has similar feelings and uses The Perfection of the Paper Clip to both share his love for stationery and explore the history behind some of our most commonly used products.
Starting with the simplicity of the paper clip—which actually has numerous different designs—Ward works his way through the supplies in his desk, tracing the history behind each item. Pens, pencils, highlighters, staples, thumb tacks, tape and glue are just a few of the products on the journey, which spans decades and crosses continents. Ward adds bits of humor in funny asides and jabs that will delight the nerd in all of us and help to keep the book fun and fresh. The Perfection of the Paperclip is a great mix of random facts, bits of history, and a wildly relatable love for stationery.