the-library-kat:

librarianinthebuff:

This little girl at the library wrote me this card. If I ever make it big in the library world and get an office to myself I’m framing this and putting this on my wall.

Notes like these are the best thing about being a librarian.

I think you should frame it and put it on whatever wall is near you, even if it’s your bathroom wall.

(Reblogged from libraryadvocates)

rachelfershleiser:

This is what it looks like when you are taking a BookSelfie with Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (!!!) and Amber (rightfully) runs over to yell at you because she is your official photographer and what are you doing, and then you crack up and look evil/wolf-like.

Point being, I have heard nothing but enormously wonderful things about this book and I can’t wait to read it.

It’s on our September list, so we will just add to that noise of enormously wonderful things. Enjoy!

(Reblogged from rachelfershleiser)

Doughty, Caitlin. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory. Norton. Sept. 2014. 256p. notes. ISBN 9780393240238. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393245950.
When Doughty graduated college with a degree in medieval history, potential employers weren’t exactly knocking down her door. To indulge a morbid curiosity, she applied to jobs at funeral homes until the family-owned mortuary Westwind Cremation & Burial in Oakland, CA, hired her as a crematory operator. Her memoir documents her first six years working in the American funeral industry. Doughty blows the lid off of what happens after life leaves a body, pulling back the formaldehyde curtain. In a narrative that’s not for the faint of heart, she describes the process of cremating a body, shaving a corpse, and, even more horrifying, picking up stillbirths from the hospital. But by including stories on how different societies have dealt with death throughout history, she takes readers on a comprehensive journey that is not only thought provoking but also a call to arms. The author argues that our collective fear of dying makes it difficult to face life’s reality. VERDICT Even though Doughty’s memoir is difficult to stomach at times, it is well researched, candid, and will inspire a careful consideration of one’s own mortality. [See Prepub Alert, 3/31/14.](via Books To Make Your Stomach Churn | Memoir)

Librarians love this book so much it was the top pick for September and also garnered a starred review in Library Journal. 

Doughty, Caitlin. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory. Norton. Sept. 2014. 256p. notes. ISBN 9780393240238. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393245950.

When Doughty graduated college with a degree in medieval history, potential employers weren’t exactly knocking down her door. To indulge a morbid curiosity, she applied to jobs at funeral homes until the family-owned mortuary Westwind Cremation & Burial in Oakland, CA, hired her as a crematory operator. Her memoir documents her first six years working in the American funeral industry. Doughty blows the lid off of what happens after life leaves a body, pulling back the formaldehyde curtain. In a narrative that’s not for the faint of heart, she describes the process of cremating a body, shaving a corpse, and, even more horrifying, picking up stillbirths from the hospital. But by including stories on how different societies have dealt with death throughout history, she takes readers on a comprehensive journey that is not only thought provoking but also a call to arms. The author argues that our collective fear of dying makes it difficult to face life’s reality. VERDICT Even though Doughty’s memoir is difficult to stomach at times, it is well researched, candid, and will inspire a careful consideration of one’s own mortality. [See Prepub Alert, 3/31/14.](via Books To Make Your Stomach Churn | Memoir)

Librarians love this book so much it was the top pick for September and also garnered a starred review in Library Journal

fuckyeahfemaleyoutubers:

Caitlin Doughty

Caitlin Doughty has a really informative and funny web series called Ask a Mortician. I highly recommend you check it out.

(Reblogged from fuckyeahfemaleyoutubers)

It’s here! The September 2014 LibraryReads list

This month there are witches, crematoriums, a haunted furniture store, traveling, courts, and so much more. Even if you love summer, there are plenty of things to be excited about this fall.

darienlibrary:

YOU ARE WHAT YOU READ
Miss Elisabeth: “This week I read, no, devoured, a new release by a debut author. The Queen of the Tearling, by Ericka Johansen, is everything you could possibly ask for in an adult fantasy - there’s excellent world building, great character development, a breakneck pace, and most importantly, a strong, confident, intelligent heroine at the center of a swirling maelstrom of political intrigue. It’s the best thing I’ve read in a long, long while. The book begins as our heroine, Kelsea, turns 19 and is escorted by armed guards from her secluded, secret childhood home to the castle of the kingdom she is meant to rule - The Tearling. The story is set on a continent that erupted from the sea after a natural disaster several thousand years in the future, and the world is an intricate blend of acknowledgements of things we have now such as eBooks, and the seven volumes of Rowling, medieval feudal societies, and grim references to the events that caused a modern world to be replaced so thoroughly. Although the character is young, the book is decidedly adult - language and references to sex means this is NOT a good crossover title for 14 year-olds. The author was inspired to create her heroine after hearing then presidential hopeful Barack Obama speak about hope and change in 2008. The movie rights have already been sold, the script is being written, and Emma Watson is set to star. I can’t wait for the sequel and the movie!”
You Are What You Read is our “Staff Recommends” GONE WILD and features recommendations from Darien Library staff members. And you don’t have to live in Darien to receive an email with our top picks!

Oh this was totally a July 2014 LibraryReads pick.

darienlibrary:

YOU ARE WHAT YOU READ

Miss Elisabeth: “This week I read, no, devoured, a new release by a debut author. The Queen of the Tearling, by Ericka Johansen, is everything you could possibly ask for in an adult fantasy - there’s excellent world building, great character development, a breakneck pace, and most importantly, a strong, confident, intelligent heroine at the center of a swirling maelstrom of political intrigue. It’s the best thing I’ve read in a long, long while. The book begins as our heroine, Kelsea, turns 19 and is escorted by armed guards from her secluded, secret childhood home to the castle of the kingdom she is meant to rule - The Tearling. The story is set on a continent that erupted from the sea after a natural disaster several thousand years in the future, and the world is an intricate blend of acknowledgements of things we have now such as eBooks, and the seven volumes of Rowling, medieval feudal societies, and grim references to the events that caused a modern world to be replaced so thoroughly. Although the character is young, the book is decidedly adult - language and references to sex means this is NOT a good crossover title for 14 year-olds. The author was inspired to create her heroine after hearing then presidential hopeful Barack Obama speak about hope and change in 2008. The movie rights have already been sold, the script is being written, and Emma Watson is set to star. I can’t wait for the sequel and the movie!”

You Are What You Read is our “Staff Recommends” GONE WILD and features recommendations from Darien Library staff members. And you don’t have to live in Darien to receive an email with our top picks!

Oh this was totally a July 2014 LibraryReads pick.

(Reblogged from darienlibrary)

pinkandnavy:

Remind me to review a novel and describe it by exclaiming, “her novel has the rich, chaotic vibrancy of a Walmart” or similar. After all, that’s a marketplace, too.

Speaking of Thrity Umrigar reviews, you should check out this librarian’s review of her forthcoming novel The Story Hour, coming August 19th:

Another beautifully written novel by Thrity Umrigar. A relationship develops between Maggie, a psychologist, and Lakshmi, a troubled Indian woman. As their stories develop, it is hard to figure out which woman does more to impact the other’s life. Highly recommended.

- Ellen Firer, Merrick Library, Merrick, NY

(Reblogged from pinkandnavy)

(via SharedWorlds)

This is Lev Grossman’s advice to writers, written on his hand. You should probably put a hold on The Magician’s Land, which is on the August 2014 LibraryReads list.

susanelizabethphillips:

WHAT ON EARTH IS SEP DOING? PART 2
Not much longer and you’ll get the whole story behind this photo of me in my swim suit. Taken by Mr. Bill last January when it was 14 degrees F. Wonder if there’s any connection between this ridiculous photo and Peregrine Island, Maine, the setting of HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS??? Hmmm…..

HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS available in hardcover Aug. 26, 2014
Read a sneak peek: http://susanelizabethphillips.com/members-only-lounge/heroes-are-my-weakness/

To purchase a signed copy of HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS, follow the link: http://www.andersonsbookshop.com/susan-elizabeth-phillips

Heroes Are My Weakness was an August 2014 LibraryReads pick.

(Reblogged from susanelizabethphillips)

Here’s a photo of the LibraryReads Steering Committee (missing only Kaite) together at their retreat in Chicago. I think it might be the first time they have all been in the same place in person, and also the best use of panorama I have ever seen.