FRAN DURAKO

The Baltimore Sun

Fran Durako, a bibliophile and a former chief information officer at a large Washington law firm, owns one of the oldest and largest used-book stores in the city. The Silver Spring resident purchased the Kelmscott Bookshop at 34 West 25th St. in 2003 when its founders, Terry and Don Johanson, decided to get out of the business. The store's 25,000 books range in price from $5 to several thousand dollars.

"The Works of Chaucer" / by Geoffrey Chaucer / Kelmscott Press / 554 pages It has beautiful wood engraving and very nice illustrations. The book is considered to be one of the highlights of the history in printing.

"The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus" / by Cyril Connolly / Curwen Press / 107 pages I happened to [come across] this book when I was a teenager. The words are beautiful. Connolly captures the human condition, his thoughts, other people's thoughts and aphorisms. ... It is a book that you can keep going back to your entire life.

"A Little Princess" / by Frances Hodgson Burnett / Penguin Classics (paperback) / 272 pages This is a children's book. ... I first read it when I was a child and loved it. I read it again as an adult and loved it. It's a lovely story of how the main character, Sara Crewe, goes from riches to rags and back to riches.

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