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Nobody puts backlist in a corner—readers'-advisory experts Karen Kleckner Keefe and Rebecca Vnuk bring attention to older titles by featuring "dusty books" and offering read-alikes for what’s hot on the holds list.

Archive for March, 2012

Wed, March 7th, 2012
Dusty Book: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Posted by: Karen Kleckner Keefe

John Berendt’s lush, gossipy Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was a game-changer when it came out in the late ’90s. The narrative was so strong in this nonfiction, that our patrons kept looking for it in the fiction stacks and discussing the “characters” they liked the most. This true crime travelogue uses […]


Mon, March 5th, 2012
At Your Service
Posted by: Karen Kleckner Keefe

How do I love thee, PBS costume drama? Let’s start with Downton Abbey. I don’t need to understand whatever weird wistfulness is going on in the American psyche to make this series such a post-recession hit. I just know that it is, and because it’s British and it’s historical nobody watching feels guilty about making […]


Fri, March 2nd, 2012
Web Crush of the Week: The Rumpus
Posted by: Rebecca Vnuk

While The Rumpus.net isn’t  a book website per se  (it’s more of a literary/culture site), they do feature plenty of book news and features, making it Crush-worthy.  What I really liked was this statement from their manifesto:  “Nobody’s paying any attention, for example, to books that have been out for a couple of months and […]





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