the prom book

Metz, Lauren. The Prom Book. San Francisco: Zest Books, 2013. After only looking at the cover, I understood this book was a marketing ploy to get cheap bucks coming into the publisher. It offers nothing of substance and even less than that if you are anything but an upper-middle class white…

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the good lord bird by james mcbride

McBride, James. The Good Lord Bird. New York: Riverhead Books, 2013. When abolitionist John Brown passes through the Kansas Territory in 1856, he leaves with Henry Shackleford. Henry’s master is killed by Brown, leaving the young boy no choice to but travel with Brown and his band of Free Staters.…

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among the bloodpeople

Glave, Thomas. (2013). Among the bloodpeople: Politics and flesh. New York: Akashic Books. This is my first introduction to Glave, a gay Jamaican who fully embodies his country and sexuality. This collection of essays follows years of  public praises for his writing and a handful of awards from the biggest…

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library 2020

This afternoon I sat in on Joseph Janes‘ The Library in 2020: Visions of the Future of Libraries. Though it was essentially a book promo (Library 2020 due out in July), a lot of interesting points were raised by the book’s chapter authors. What will endure? What makes up “library”…

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the future of libraries

The other day I sat in on the webinar The Future of Libraries hosted by the Metropolitan New York Library Council. It was a talk by Eli Neiburger, Associate Director for IT and Production for the Ann Arbor District Library system. You might be familiar with his 2010 Libraries Are Screwed with a…

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