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11 Books Recommended by 11 Librarians

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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
your peril!

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.

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