Frequently, we library folks are asked to recommend a “good” book. While we’re always happy to do this, the definition of “good” sometimes becomes a sticking point.
For example, in my personal readerly universe, the prospect of spending a few hours with Chicago’s only practicing wizard, Harry Dresden, is decidedly “good.” You, however, may prefer old-school gumshoes. And it’s quite possible that you’d really be happy with something else, or maybe even something else entirely.
Luckily, no matter how you conceive of “good,” we can probably fill the bill. Like short stories? It’s all good . Wish to dabble in matters poetical? It’s all good. Jonesing for a good yarn about evolution, mountain climbing, and yetis? Seriously, it’s still all good.
Many people strongly feel that “good” is a word reserved for classic fiction; while it certainly applies there, “good” is also a word valued by countless non-fiction aficianados, who enjoy true tales of murder, adventure, or celebrity shenanigans. “Good” can encompass every aspect of the human experience, and librarians have a professional obligation to actively seek out what “good” means for you, as well as for the person sitting next to you on the bus, your next-door neighbors, etc.
In the final analysis, whether you’re looking for books about professional ethics, Cyrano de Bergerac, or something else entirely, please come ask us, and don’t be afraid to tell us what you think is “good.” Because it really is all good. And it’s all right here, at your library.
Leigh Anne, with suggested titles from the Eleventh Stack team, and apologies to Don for borrowing his catchphrase.