By Barbara Hoffert & Annalisa Pesek Brock-Broido, Lucie. Stay, Illusion: Poems. Knopf. ISBN 9780307962027. $26. Emotionally charged, baroquely sensuous, serenely gorgeous: Brock-Broido’s extraordinary language asks us to enter a world both strange and strangely familiar. The gorgeousness is edged by darkness, yet even as she reminds us of our frailty in a wayward world (“Your [...]
By Therese Purcell Nielsen & Erin Shea Brosh, Allie. Hyperbole and a Half. Touchstone. ISBN 9781451666175. $17.99; ebk. ISBN 9781451666182. This illustrated memoir features 50 percent never-before-seen stories from Brosch’s popular blog of the same name. She writes about dogs, hot sauce, cake, and more in quirky, self-deprecating fashion. Her two-part blog post “Adventures in [...]
Bittman, Mark. VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 To Lose Weight and Restore Your Health…for Good. Clarkson Potter: Crown. ISBN 9780385344746. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780385344753. Upon being diagnosed as prediabetic and with pre–heart disease symptoms, New York Times food writer Bittman custom-made his own diet plan, becoming a part-time vegan. His regimen, which includes exercise, consists [...]
Cool, Michel. Francis: A New World Pope. Eerdmans. ISBN 9780802871008. pap. $14. The book for Catholic and non-Catholic readers alike not only to learn about Jorge Maria Bergoglio, the Argentine-born Pope Francis, but to gain from Cool’s shrewd insights into vexing issues facing this new papacy and the church at large. Will Francis prove to [...]
By Margaret Dominy Hirschfeld, Erik & others. The World’s Rarest Birds. Princeton Univ. (WildGuides). ISBN 9780691155968. $45. NAT HIST A landmark volume of unparalleled coverage, with the world’s endangered birds caught in the wild—photographically—thanks to a contest to secure the images, 977 of them. (Some birds were too rare to find, and an illustration must [...]
Tantorious is a semi-monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio. Howard Sounes is the bestselling author of several books, including biographies of Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan. His new book, 27: A History of the 27 Club Through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis [...]
standard Christie fare—almost, John Shakespeare is not a poetic Prince, Cornwall's new series begins and it's complicated, charged by a carnie-punk stunner, love is Starting from Scratch, Quinn gives a little something extra
In my last column, I discussed research on cognitive bias and the human mind, and speculated that what librarians call information literacy is a deeply unnatural state. The human mind hasn’t evolved to analyze carefully or think critically without a great deal of effort, and even then, the effort is often misplaced. That’s of course one reason we educate people, and higher education particularly values traits like intellectual curiosity and critical thought that often help us overcome our natural intellectual inclinations. But education is not necessarily a salvation.
February 2013 to date as identified by YBP Library Services
For any library system, getting a check for $480,000 would be a cause to celebrate. In the case of the Sacramento Public Library (SPL), though, that’s particularly true. Instead of the sort of donation every library director dreams of, the influx of money represents a restitution payment that helps the library to recoup some of the estimated $800,000 dollars embezzled by two former employees, bringing a close to an unpleasant chapter in SPL’s history.
By Elizabeth Nelson Berger, Jonah. Contagious: Why Things Catch On. S. & S. ISBN 9781451686579. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781451686593. BUS Berger provides a look at why some things catch on (and others don’t) by examining the six principles—STEPPS—that make something really popular and using a series of stories from different industries, from restaurants to technology, [...]
Narrator Marc Thompson on being the voice of Star Wars audiobooks
This week Steven interviews Alison Head, executive director of Project Information Literacy (PIL). Read on to learn the latest developments at the organization and look for links to the latest study and a related video.
Musician Jonathan Coulton discusses creativity, collaboration, and crowdsourcing
This new online resource from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum went live earlier today. From the FRANKLIN Web Site: FRANKLIN is a virtual research room and digital repository that provides free and open access to the digitized collections of the Roosevelt Library. FRANKLIN allows you to keyword search for archival documents and photographs and to [...]
will NEVER FORGET that evening in 1975 when a group of librarians gathered to hear Major R. Owens, an African American librarian from Brooklyn, as he began his first campaign for public office. We all came together at the loft where I lived on New York’s Upper West Side. I was devastated when I heard of his death in late October.
LJ's best audiobooks of 2013, fiction and nonfiction
Paper is dead, move on! Translating your “Why” to the modern age, Creativity and Culture and how to compete with free. This and much more in this week’s episode of TWIL: your weekly dose of library innovation! thisweekinlibraries.com
When Barbara Stripling took the helm at the American Library Association (ALA) this summer, she arrived with a plan to make a mark. She anchored her “Libraries Change Lives” initiative with a quiet but forceful tool, the Declaration for the Right to Libraries.
A wide variety of materials may be blended to create a collection targeted to the sandwich generation, or those between ages 40 and 65, find themselves serving the distinct needs of two of relatives: aging parents and teen or adult children.