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May 142017
 By , May 14, 2017
Books Not Currently on the President's Nightstand

Here are some books we can be pretty sure are not being read by President Trump: The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama The Everything Guide to Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Professional, reassuring advice for coping with the disorder – at work, at home, and in [more…]

Apr 262017
 By , April 26, 2017
In Praise of Catchy Book Subtitles

More books are being embellished with catchy subtitles – here’s some more suggestions. Because books compete for readers’ attention with many less demanding entertainments – from film and TV to streaming video and interactive games – publishers must give customers reasons for reading this book [more…]

Apr 282016
 By , April 28, 2016

It turns out that I’m not the only person who dreams about her job at the library. I work at the circulation desk at a suburban library. I recently had a dream in which one of our most challenging patrons apologized for being such a [more…]

Feb 262016
 By , February 26, 2016

Talk about stimulating: Pairing erotica with a vibrator. A French start-up is marketing a Bluetooth-enabled vibrator that’s paired with an erotic Ebook. During the smutty parts, you just tap the screen or shake the device and the vibrator starts right up. “It’s going to generate [more…]

Feb 022016
 By , February 2, 2016

Mystery or trashy romance? A colleague recently posted an intriguing question on my favorite Facebook Librarian hangout: “If you were being sold in a library book sale, which table would you be on?” She had her first response within seconds: Damaged. Quickly followed by: Mystery! [more…]

Sep 152012
 By , September 15, 2012
A Different Kind of 'Privatization'

     Five months ago a public library was closed in north London as part of a cost-cutting measure. Now a remarkable thing has happened. A group of squatters composed of artists, students and a former librarian have moved into the libra…

Jul 302012
 By , July 30, 2012
Fifty Shades of ... OMG!

When I purchased my copy of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the first book in the Fifty Shades trilogy, the cashier asked if I wanted a receipt. “Absolutely,“ I told her. “I’m reading the book for review, so I’ll be reimbursed.“ “I want YOUR job,” she [more…]

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