Between the lines
Three new books about books will delight bibliophiles.
Hemingway Didn't Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations (Little A) by Garson O'Toole tracks down the veracity — or lack thereof — of everything from a GOP tweet of a fake Abraham Lincoln quote to a postage stamp that wrongly attributed a quote to Maya Angelou.
Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing (Simon & Schuster) by Ben Blatt brings big data to the literary canon, crunching the numbers on everything from whether men and women write differently to just how many adverbs Ernest Hemingway really used.
Printer's Error: Irreverent Stories From Book History (Harper) by J.P. Romney and Rebecca Romney (of Pawn Stars fame) gathers stories of forgery, intellectual piracy, naughtily defaced illustrations and much more from the undignified side of literary history.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor