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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?
I Work In A Public Library: A Collection Of Crazy Stories From The Stacks by Gina Sheridan I love books about books and I love libraries, so I jumped at the chance to receive an ARC of this title. Comprised of several hundred short, humorous anecdotes collected by the author—a librarian from St. Louis—this books proves the point that librarians do not simply spend their days reading! Instead, they’re fielding questions such as “Where are the autobiographies of dragons ?” Due to be published on 7/31/14, this book is a nice, light read that can definitely be completed in one sitting and would make a great present for the booklover—or librarian!—on your gift list.
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff I loved this book! It’s a memoir by a young woman who gets a job with a literary agency in NYC in the mid-1990s—and finds herself working closely with the woman who represents J.D. Salinger. Yes, it’s about the publishing industry, but it’s also about figuring out who you are and where you belong when you’re in your twenties and your whole life is in front of you. This is a great book for booklovers—and if you’re a Catcher In The Rye fan, even better!
The Hidden White House: Harry Truman and the Reconstruction of America’s Most Famous Residence by Robert Klara I’m a big fan of American history in general, and the presidency in particular. This fascinating book combines both! I already knew that the White House had been renovated during Truman’s presidency, but I had no idea how extensive this project was (the entire inside of the White House was gutted and rebuilt, with only the original outer shell left standing) and I definitely had no idea how hazardous the original building had become before the renovation. If you’re into nonfiction, history, and/or architecture, consider picking up this book!
Hold Fast To Dreams: A College Guidance Counselor, His Students, and the Vision of a Life Beyond Poverty by Beth Zasloff and Joshua Steckel As a former teacher, I always enjoy reading books about education, and I especially like reading behind-the-scenes or slice-of-life accounts of teachers and students. This book fits those categories perfectly. It’s about a NYC high school counselor, ten of the students he helped get accepted into college, and how those students progressed over the next four years. Some students had success, some took steps backwards, all faced challenges. I enjoyed this book a lot, but my only complaint is that the tone seemed rather detached—which was odd to me because the counselor featured in the book was one of the coauthors. I don’t doubt the counselor’s passion for education or for his students—but the narrative seemed very impersonal to me. Still—this was a good account of the struggles that urban youth face in getting into—and making it through—the university system.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READONG?
All I Love And Know by Judith Frank After all of that nonfiction, I’m in the mood for a good novel! I received an ARC of this title due to be published on 7/15/14,and I just started it last night. It’s about family, gay marriage, adoption, acceptance, unconditional love, grief . . . I’ve only read a couple of chapters so far, but the author drew me in from the first few pages. I’m looking forward to digging into this book over the next few days.
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?
As usual, I have absolutely no idea! But, like everyone else, I’ve got a big stack of TBRs sitting here, so I’m sure I’ll come up with something!
How about you? Have you read any of these? What are you reading these days? Please share!