I’m a sucker for staff recommendations. Whether I’m in a
book store or a library, if they’ve got to the trouble
of putting out “we recommend” lists, I always leave with
something someone suggested.
Today I spent some time walking around the library and
writing down titles that various librarians have chosen
as their favorites.
I hadn’t heard of any many of the books that other
librarians apparently couldn’t live without. It’s one of
my favorite parts of working here with these mega-nerds.
We never stop reading, but librarian’s tastes never
become predictable, as evidenced by the following list.
I have only read a couple of these, so try them out at
This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Election by Tom Perrotta
John Dies at the End by David Wong
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Reasons to Live by Amy Hempel (I second this one!)
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank (and this one)
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolf Anaya
The Final Confession of Mabel Stark by Robert Hough
Poe and Fanny by John May
For March, I’ve chosen The Limit: Life and Death on the
1961 Grand Prix Circuit by Michael Cannell. I’m almost
finished and can say that this is a racing book for
people who don’t think they want to read a racing book.