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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Readers' Advisory

Invisible Ink: My Mother's Secret Love Affair With a Famous Cartoonish (A Graphic Memoir)
Bill Griffith (2015)

This is the renowned cartoonist's first long-form graphic work — a 200-page memoir that poignantly recounts his mother’s secret life, which included an affair with a cartoonist and crime novelist, Lawrence Lariar, in the 1950s and 1960s. Lariar lived at 57 West Lena Avenue. Freeport, NY.  Invisible Ink unfolds like a detective story, alternating between past and present, as Griffith recreates the quotidian habits of suburban Levittown and the professional and cultural life of mid-century Manhattan in the 1950s and ’60s as seen through his mother’s and his own then-teenage eyes. Griffith puts the pieces together and reveals a mother he never knew.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Readers' Advisory

Start A Revolution: Stop Acting Like A Library
by Ben Bizzle with Maria Flora (2015)

Bizzle and Flora present students, academics, and librarians working in a variety of contexts with a comprehensive guide to reinventing and radically marketing library services based on the author’s experience in reinvigorating the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library in Arkansas. The authors have organized the bulk of their text into eight chapters, including a prelude telling the Jonesboro story, and an interlude telling the story of the Crooked Valley Regional Library. The eight chapters cover a variety of related topics, including digital library services, mobile library services, Facebook advertising and marketing, and many others. (Summary by: protoview.com).

Friday, October 2, 2015

Readers' Advisory

The Girl in the Spider's Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel
by David Lagercrantz (2015)

Lagercrantz's worthy, crowd-pleasing fourth installment in the late Stieg Larsson's Millennium saga opens in Sweden, where some intellectual property developed by artificial intelligence genius Frans Balder has been stolen by a video game company with ties to Russian mobsters. Crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, who's casting about for a new investigative project, is about to meet with Balder when an intruder kills the scientist and puts Balder's autistic eight-year-old son in danger. Meanwhile in the U.S., the National Security Agency is hacked, and its chief of security, Edwin Needham, vows revenge. Lisbeth Salander plays a central role in both plot lines, and the pleasure resides in watching Lagercrantz  corral an enormous cast of characters into an intricate story revolving around the larger-than-life hacker and her desire to right wrongs, including corporate espionage, a government spying on its own citizens, and violence against the defenseless. (PW Annex Reviews).

Monday, September 21, 2015

Readers' Advisory

Farewell Jackie Collins

British-born author Jackie Collins regularly landed on best-seller lists with her racy page-turners that chronicled the scandalous doings of various fictional movie stars, rock stars, up-and-coming stars, and has-been stars. Best known for her immensely successful Hollywood series that kicked off with the 1983 best seller Hollywood Wives, Collins mined her own experiences in celebrity-ville for the plots of many of her books. Critics were not always been kind to Collins, but the 500 million books sold under her name attest to her enduring appeal. Collins died of breast cancer at the age of 77. (Biography in Context).

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Readers' Advisory

Patience and Fortitude: Power, Real  Estate, and the Fight to Save A Public Library
By Scott Sherman (2015)

For over a century, the New York Public Library (NYPL) has been considered a cultural mecca, with its iconic lion statues "Patience" and "Fortitude" welcoming tourists, scholars, writers, new immigrants, and its fellow New Yorkers. As Sherman (contributing writer, The Nation) details in this real-life thriller, the historic research center and its branches recently faced an uncertain future in light of financial struggles and misguided good intentions. NYPL officials and trustees formulated a plan to renovate the central library by transporting three million research books to a storage facility in New Jersey in order to make room for Internet and technology labs. To raise money for the project, they also wanted to sell several rundown branches. When the public heard about the plan, they fought to keep the renowned research library intact and save the branches from closing. Famous authors, scholars, and library lovers built a grassroots campaign, which ultimately succeeded, in support of these vital neighborhood centers. (Library Journal).
Excerpt from NPR:

The late eminent architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable deserves special mention as a heroic voice of the opposition forces. Sherman says Huxtable was 91 and in failing health when the controversy erupted. Stonewalled by library officials when she initially tried to research the renovation plan, Huxtable persevered and wrote an excoriating essay for The Wall Street Journal in 2012. Responding to the library officials' argument that modernization was needed because only 6 percent of print sources were being read every year by patrons, Huxtable said:

"If we could estimate how many ways in which the world has been changed by that 6%, the number would be far more meaningful than the traffic through [the library's] lion-guarded doors ... [A] research library is a timeless repository of treasures, not a popularity contest measured by head counts, the current arbiter of success."

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Readers' Advisory

Black Mass: The Irish Mob, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal
Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill (2000)

John Connolly and James "Whitey" Bulger grew up together on the tough streets of South Boston. Decades later, they met again when Connolly was a major figure in the FBI's Boston office and Bulger was godfather of the Irish Mob. This is the true story of what happened between them as a dark deal spiraled out of control, leading to drug dealing, racketeering, and murder. Includes black and white photographs. The authors write for the Boston Globe . O'Neill has won the Pulitzer Prize, and both authors have won the Hancock and Loeb awards. They have covered the Bulger-Connolly story for over a decade. (Booknews.com)

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Books for Librarians

Library Professional Development

The Meaning of the Library: A Cultural History
Edited by Alice Crawford (2015)

From Greek and Roman times to the digital era, the library has remained central to knowledge, scholarship, and the imagination. Generously illustrated, The Meaning of the Library examines this key institution of Western culture. Tracing what the library has meant since its beginning, examining how its significance has shifted, and pondering its importance in the twenty-first century, significant contributors--including the librarian of the Congress and the former executive director of the HathiTrust--present a cultural history of the library. (From the publisher)