Sarah McKenzie

Doing My Job

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Valerie Lien, bookbinder and book restorer

Valerie Lien is a book doctor. She runs a professional bookbinding and restoration service out of her father's independent bookstore, Lien's Bookshop, 507 E. Hennepin Ave. She cares for her dusty old subjects with intensity and passion, breathing new life into beaten-down maps, scrapbooks, novels and other family heirlooms. Lien, a petite, wiry book maven mends torn pages, patching them with Japanese tissue paper and hand-made rice and wheat paste. She loves collecting old Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald books.

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