Musings From A Bookmammal

WWW Wednesday–7/9/14


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i work in libraryI 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.

salinger yearMy 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!



Hidden HistoryThe 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 dreamsHold 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.



all i love and knowAll 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.


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!

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

26 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday–7/9/14

  1. I”m pretty excited to read My Salinger Year. I”m glad you loved it. My Wednesday list is here..

  2. I just downloaded the new Rainbow Rowell book–I’m excited to start reading it. And I pre-ordered I Work At A Public Library!

  3. I really want to read I Work At a Public Library. I read a book called Free For All about working in a library and absolutely loved it. I’ll have to go look for it. You’ve been reading some interesting books lately! I think I’ll probably end up at all of these to my wishlist!

  4. Sounds like you enjoyed The Hidden White House. I’m so glad. It’s one of my favorites of 2014.

    I’m currently reading Killing Kennedy. I know you like books about the Kennedys, and so far I’d recommend it. I doubt if it’s anything you haven’t read before, though. Other Kennedy books I recommend: Mrs. Kennedy and Me (written by her secret serviceman–one of my favorite books ever) and Rose Kennedy (the woman is a piece of work).

    I’m adding I Work at a Public Library and My Salinger Year to my book list.

  5. All of these sound fascinating. The Truman book and I Work in a Public Library are going on my wish list.

  6. The Public Library one sounds interesting…actually, all of them do!

    Here’s my WWW:

  7. All I Love and Know looks fantastic. I hope that you enjoy it and the rest of your reads this week.

  8. Haha, autobiographies of dragons should totally be a library section! That sounds like a fun little book.

  9. The book about the stories from the library looks really great. I am all about books that are collections of funny little stories.

  10. I do love the sound of All I Love and Know. As always I know I’m going to find a good selection of books on your blog, most of which I’ve never heard of and you haven’t disappointed me yet!

  11. I am definitely reading the Salinger book now! Great recommendation.

  12. Ooo I think I’m going to have to add My Salinger Year to my “to read” pile. Nothing like reading a book about finding yourself in your twenties when you’re in your twenties.

    • Very true! I really enjoyed it, even though there were definitely times that I wanted to give her a good talking-to when she was having boyfriend issues. I loved the parts about the publishing business!

  13. I definitely want to pick up ‘I Work in a Public Library’ – looks so interesting! 🙂

  14. The book about the White House sounds very interesting. I’m also very interested in the history of our country. I’m currently in the middle of a Janice Thompson series and loving it.

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