The Parable of a Book Collector: Next Avenue

Preferring to call himself ‘booklover’ rather than ‘book addict,’ this New York City resident has a collection of 70,000 books. His wife is resigned to its impact on their life.

For Sandra Núñez, living with her husband means finding packages labeled with strange return addresses outside of their apartment door, and a man returning home with illicit bundles tucked under his tan trench coat. It's been like this for 42 years.

"He's not accepting that he has a problem, that he has an addiction," she said.

She exhaled. "He's addicted to — books."

Julio César Núñez suffers from bibliophilia.

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