Book Reviews


Is it too early for ‘best books’ lists? Nope

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 11/30/2015 - 13:15

Seattle Times book editor Mary Ann Gwinn scanned the best-books picks from Publishers Weekly, Amazon Books and Library Journal and mined a little data: out of 30 books, only three made more than one list. Reviewers are an eclectic bunch.

From Is it too early for ‘best books’ lists? Nope | The Seattle Times

The Hawaii Project Book Recommendations

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 11/24/2015 - 14:06

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The 10 best books of 2015 - Washington Post

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 11/19/2015 - 09:01

In our annual roundup of best books, you’ll find 10 that we think are exceptionally rewarding and 100 more you shouldn’t miss. In addition to our usual recommendations for lovers of mysteries, graphic novels and audiobooks, we’ve added lists drawn from our new monthly columns in romance, poetry and science fiction and fantasy.

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Behind ‘King Lear’: The History Revealed by Fintan O'Toole

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 07:28

King Lear cannot end because authority cannot be restored. This impossibility results from Shakespeare’s greatest act of opportunism. James’s interests have given him the opportunity to write a play about the collapse of all political order and that in turn gives him the opportunity to show what authority really looks like when it is not propped up by power. In King Lear, it is the old king himself, speaking to the viciously blinded Gloucester, who utters the most savage attack on all authority:

New Title: Biblio Tech by John Palfrey

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 13:10

Review of a new book entitled Biblio TECH on how to keep libraries relevant in the digital age. John Palfrey’s lucid, passionate account of the state of American libraries reminds us both how important public libraries are to a healthy democracy and how close they are to going the way of the dodo bird. The author is the Head of School at Phillips Academy, Andover.

A Hearty Laugh for Work Weary Librarians

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:39

After a long day of answering questions and serving up information to the public (students, etc), a librarian could use a laugh. So pick up a copy of Roz Warren's OUR BODIES, OUR SHELVES: A COLLECTION OF LIBRARY HUMOR (HOPress, 2015) and see what might be between the covers that tickles your funnybone.

Here's an excerpt from one story: Freeze! It's the Library Police [a librarian's fantasy of recovering stolen books]

"Open up bitch! It's LIBRARY SQUAD!

When Google is Your Librarian & Starbucks Your Wifi, Do We Need Libraries?

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 04/24/2015 - 13:34

Book Review of the title Biblio Tech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google (nice title!!)…

In his new book, author John Palfrey, former head of Harvard Law School Libraries writes about the necessity of maintaining public libraries as one of the essentials of society.