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Resource Thursday: Literature-Map

Today’s website is a quick and easy way to recommend authors (especially for folks who might be in a hurry).  Literature-Map is a tool that literally maps out authors who share certain characteristics that readers might enjoy.

To use it, you just type the name of an author you like into the box and, voila!, it maps out a web of other related authors that you might also enjoy. The closer an author’s name is to the one you typed in, the more they have in common.  As an example, I typed in one of my favorite writers, Sarah Vowell, and it made this for me:

Sure enough, some of my other favorites popped up on the map: Bill Bryson, Dave Barry, Augusten Burroughs, and Davis Sedaris.

Literature-Map is quick and fun and visual and seems to generally hit the mark in terms of author read-alikes.  Plus, it always seems to impress my customers when I bust it out to show them, and that’s not a bad thing either!

Filed under Resource Thursday Literature-Map books reading lit resource reader's advisory authors Sarah Vowell librarians libraries Bill Bryson Dave Barry Augusten Burroughs David Sedaris

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On Display: April Fools
April is National Humor Month, which also makes it the perfect time to showcase your library’s funniest materials and lighten things up a bit!
Suggested titles:
Boogers Are My Beat, by Dave Barry
When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? by George Carlin
Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris
The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club, by Laurie Notaro
Bossypants, by Tina Fey

On Display: April Fools

April is National Humor Month, which also makes it the perfect time to showcase your library’s funniest materials and lighten things up a bit!

Suggested titles:

  • Boogers Are My Beat, by Dave Barry
  • When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? by George Carlin
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris
  • The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club, by Laurie Notaro
  • Bossypants, by Tina Fey

Filed under on display book display library books reading humor Boogers Are My Beat Dave Barry When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops George Carlin Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club Laurie Notaro Bossypants Tina Fey

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In the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln was essentially trying to answer a question. The question was: How do you honor your heroes? Lincoln’s answer was: You can’t. No speech you give, no monument you erect, will be worthy of them, of their sacrifice. The best you can do is remember the cause they died for, finish the job they started.

Of course the passengers and crew on Flight 93, when they set out from Newark that morning, had no cause in common. They were people on a plane bound from Newark to San Francisco. Some were going home, some traveling on business, some on vacation.

People on a plane.

Which makes it all the more astonishing, what they did.

Dave Barry, “On Hallowed Ground,” http://www.davebarry.com/misccol/hallowedground.htm

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Favorite Reads from 2010

This past year, I managed to read 90 books (not up to my usual 100, but not too bad considering my new status as grad student), and a lot of them were absolutely marvelous.  Here’s my top ten list, hard though it was to choose between them all (and yes, I’m counting series as one item on the list…):

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

Scout, Atticus, and Boo, by Mary McDonagh

Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer

The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, by Jordan Sonnenblick

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein

This Book is Overdue!, by Marilyn Johnson

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, by Rick Riordan

Others that I really enjoyed include Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, Dave Barry’s I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, Kathryn Erskine’s Mockingbird, and Julie Halpern’s Into the Wild Nerd Yonder.

Honorable mention also goes to the Harry Potter series, which I reread for the umpteenth time this year to prep for the new movie.  I’ve read it over and over several times, but it still resonates with me powerfully and sweeps me up in the world and makes me cry like a schoolgirl.  Well done, J.K. Rowling.

What were your favorite reads last year?

Filed under Aimee Bender Annie Barrows Anthony Bourdain Art of Racing in the Rain Dave Barry Drums Girls and Dangerous Pie Eating Animals Garth Stein Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Harry Potter Hunger Games I'll Mature When I'm Dead Into the Wild NErd Yonder J.K. Rowling Jonathan Safran Foer Jordan Sonnenblick Julie Halpern Kathryn Erskine Kitchen Confidential Marilyn Johnson Markus Zusak Mary McDonagh Mockingbird Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake Percy Jackson and the Olympians Rick Riordan Scout Atticus and Boo Suzanne Collins The Book Thief This Book is Overdue