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- Via Bella Sugar – Among Karl Lagerfeld’s interests, fashion being key, books seem to be inching towards the top. Lagerfeld, along with publisher Steidl, will be introducing a new perfume like based and inspired by the smell of books. The perfume called Paper Passion will be sold in hollowed out hardcover books.
- Via Martha Stewart – First comes marriage (check) then comes the baby carriage (unchecked). When it is time to check the mommy box, I’ll be sure to implement Martha Stewart’s book-themed baby shower.
- Via Chicago Sun-Times – A beautiful entry, Does Anyone Want to be “Well-Read”, written by Roger Ebert about the difference between books read and unread, and just how limitless the universe of print really is. In a way, this makes keeping track of all the books I read some of futile. The unread list is infinite, while my read list is dismally low in the ranks in comparison.
- Via SF Gate – In the same vein, SF Gate writer Stephen K. Tollefson, write a wonderful piece about how the light we read with effects how we read. I prefer to read in a fully lit room, with the dim noise of TV in the background. I can’t read in pure silence, its too distracting.
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- Piles of books were burned in the Colorado City, Az, the polygamous community that borders Utah. These books were meant for a new library, and instead found themselves turned to ash.
- Three Cups of Fraud – Author Greg Mortensen is facing accusations of making up most of his highly acclaimed memoir, Three Cups of Tea. Watch the 60 minute segment with the author as he tries to defend himself against the allegations.
- What could be the missing element of my life…the happiest and most wonderful book I ever stumbled upon… Bear With Me by John Pollack, the 1995 O. Henry Pun-off World Championship Winner.
- My best friend since high school was one of my bridesmaids at my wedding this past weekend. She has always been a great support system for me, as well as my primary source for new and interesting authors to read. She is the one who introduced me to Neil Gaiman, and I felt it was only fitting that she read Neil Gaiman’s Wedding Poem during the ceremony. Here is a print of the poem that Mr. Gaiman wrote on the fly in the guest book of his friend’s wedding.
This for you, for both of you,
a small poem of happiness
filled with small glories and little triumphs
a fragile, short cheerful song
filled with hope and all sorts of futures
Because at weddings we imagine the future
Because it’s all about “what happened next?”
all the work and negotiation and building and talk
that makes even the tiniest happily ever after
something to be proud of for a wee forever
This is a small thought for both of you
like a feather or a prayer,
a wish of trust and love and hope
and fine brave hearts and true.
Like a tower, or a house made all of bones and dreams
and tomorrows and tomorrows and tomorrows
Librarians fresh out of college, or not so fresh out of college (2008 graduation for me) are learning that the best way to climb the ropes of the library ladder is to improve technology skills and know-how. As more and more children are growing up in front of computers and with cell-phones clutched in their palms, librarians need to learn how to promote literacy through new means. An ebook, is still a book. Whether you are reading from a screen or from a paper page, you are still reading.
This post is to highlight some of my favorite library websites & blogs that focus on the growing trends in the field, as well as news from around the nation and around the world. These sites are key in helping bridge the gap between technology and literacy.
Library Stuff – http://www.librarystuff.net/
LIS News – http://lisnews.org/
Library Juice – http://libraryjuicepress.com/blog/
Lore Librarian – http://lorelibrarian.wordpress.com/
Librarian in Black – http://librarianinblack.net/librarianinblack/
Mel’s Desk – http://melissa.depperfamily.net/blog/
Speak Quietly – http://www.speakquietly.blogspot.com/
Abby the Librarian – http://www.abbythelibrarian.com/
Swiss Army Librarian – www.swissarmylibrarian.net
A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette – http://libetiquette.blogspot.com/
Awful Library Books – http://awfullibrarybooks.net
Unshelved Comic Strip – www.unshelved.com
Google Librarian Central – http://librariancentral.blogspot.com/
iLibrarian – http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/
Infopeople – http://infopeople.org/
Webjunction – http://www.webjunction.org/1
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Its National Library Week! Everybody celebrate by going to your local library and checking out the maximum number of items humanely possible to show your support.
This is a fantastic article on CNN about how libraries and librarians are the most awesome elements of education, information and pop culture ever. Read it, believe it, and acccept it. Librarians are cool.
- What does your favorite childhood book say about you now? via Flavorwire Some of my favorite predictions:
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Every house you live in must be outfitted with a walk in closet. Just in case.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
No matter what, you’re always the only one at the office at 9am on the dot. Then you annoy everyone all day with all your clever puns.
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
You’re the guy who finds a way to ruin every party.
- What I consider to be a “Well, Duh” op-ed article via NPR’s Monkey See blog, in which writer Linda Holmes walks into a library and finds out that its a really cool place to be. What did Linda ever imagine a library to be if she’s so amused and amazed at what libraries offer today?
- The Geek Alphabet via Geeks Are Sexy
M is for MMORPGs, it’s a magical place (i eated a cookie)
N is for NASA, and the beauty of space (nasa1fan)
O is for Occipital Lobe, we love using our brains (illuminaut)
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A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Genre: Historical Fiction
I normally try to write my own synopsis of the books I review, but the back cover summary is pretty much the most concise version of what I would want to say about this book.
He placed a notice in a Chicago paper, an advertisement for a “reliable wife.” She responded, saying that she was “a simple, honest woman.” She was, of course, anything but honest, and the only simple thing about her was her single-minded determination to marry this man and then kill him, slowly and carefully, leaving herself a wealthy widow. What Catherine Land did not realize was that the enigmatic and lonely Ralph Truitt had a plan of his own.
What I enjoyed about this book was the heavy set atmosphere of mistrust, paranoia, and isolation set in the early 1900s Chicago. The weather, the city and the environment directly reflects the moods of the characters as well as their developments throughout the story. I felt that the primary characters; Ralph and Catherine, were well developed. Each went on a personal journey of self discovery although the journey wasn’t easy being paved with regrets and misfortune. Catherine’s journey and transformation was particularly very subtle, simple and honest.
What bothered me about the book was the crazed, hyper libidos and obsession with sex that filled needless pages of the book. The characters seemed more driven by their physical needs than emotional all the time. It really set a strange mood to the novel. I also found Catherine’s involvement with Antonio to be annoying, particularly her dependence on his approval. Antonio himself is a character that stayed stagnant throughout the entire novel and I really could have done without being introduced to a character such as his.
It took me a while to get into the book (the beginning really reminded me of the movie Original Sin with Angelina Jolie & Antonio Banderas). In the movie, Antonio brings a woman to his city to be his wife, your basic mail-order bride situation, based on a series of correspondence with a stranger. Upon Angelina’s arrival, he figures out that the woman in the photo is not the woman getting off the ship…there are a few more similarities between the storylines, more in character personalities than in plot.
A Reliable Wife is a good rainy day book, and is a relatively quick read.
A Reliable Wife
by Robert Goolrick
Algonquin Books, 2009
Book 16 of 2011
Find this book at your local library
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- A wonderful and insightful segment about the discussion of e-books and their effect on libraries by NPR in the wake of the controversial HarperCollins 26 check-out limit on e-books for libraries.
- Agree or disagree? Tom Keane of The Boston Globe discusses how the book is dead and bookstores are a dying enterprise in his op-ed The Last Chapter.
- In this week’s things that are cute and small:
Send letters in envelopes that are no larger than the width and length of your thumb! (via Chronicle Books, release date April 27th, 2011) The kit is based on the World’s Smallest Postal Service project by Lea Redmond, who offers a tiny transcription service through her roaming “post offices” in the Bay Area. You can pre-order now @ the Chronicle Books site and get 30% off your order.
- This masterpiece, a copy of UVL, is created by a University of Virginia law student, built entirely out of law firm rejection letters.