Daily Archives: May 12, 2008

Check It

The library has a commitment to protect your privacy.  Your name, email address, address, driver license number and materials checked out on your card are confidential.  With that said, you should consider yourself amongst a very privileged population who is privy to what I currently have checked out. 

Things I have checked out on my library card, an annotated list:

  • The Fermata, Nicholson Baker
    I just started this two nights ago, so I’ll have to provide a basic summary.  This is a story of a 35 year-old man who can stop time and does not use this power in malice.  He is hard at work on his autobiography. 
  • Natasha and Other Stories, David Bezmozgis
    I learned of this author from the collection of short stories, My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead.  Largely autobiographical, this collection features a Russian Jewish family who has newly relocated to Toronto.  The stories are hilariously narrated by the son, who is just as confused by his parents as he is by his new country. 
  • Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian, Scott Douglas
    Yet another one of those exposé, librarian tell-alls; Scott Douglas is one brave librarian.  Not only does he account the library’s sometimes eccentric clientele, Douglas reveals the even wackier people who work there.  I recommend this to misanthropes only. 
  • Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, William McDonough & Michael Braungart
    Cradle to Cradle is worth checking out just to see the design. Printed on synthetic treeless “paper,” this book is waterproof, completely recyclable and can be made into a new book of the same original quality.  Whoa.  McDonough and Braungart refer to the current method of recycling as “slow motion waste.”  The authors don’t suggest drastic changes for the average reader, but instead offers ways to rethink architecture and design.
  • Crazy Love
    The title could not be any more appropriate.  After discovering his ex-girlfriend is engaged to be married, Burt hires some guys to throw acid in Linda’s face, thusly blinding her.  Burt goes to prison for nearly 20 years and marries the woman he paid to disfigure.  Linda, Burt and friends are interviewed, giving their own take on what happened. 
  • Arrested Development (Season 3)
    I would recommend starting with season 1 of course.  Michael Bluth is forced to keep his dysfunctional/felon family together.  It’s hysterical. 

– Lisa

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