Thursday, August 01, 2013

What the Librarians are Reading Now

Check out what some of the University Library librarians are digging into right now.

Kathy Wheeler, Interim Head of Reference & Electronic Services Librarian

Countdown City by Ben Winters

"I am currently reading Countdown City -- I loved the first book, The Last Policeman, in Ben Winters' planned trilogy about a detective trying to work cases while also facing the end of the world in just a few months. Countdown City is the second book and while I'm enjoying it as well, I'm finding it a little harder to get into than The Last Policeman."

Ellen Wilson, Instructional Services Librarian

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker

"I don't usually read true crime, but I'd read the magazine story that led to this book and was intrigued. The focus on the women, the circumstances that led them into prostitution, and their families' grief and search for the killer really humanized the victims."

Bonus: Check out this article about Lost Girls from New York Magazine 

Muriel Nero, Cataloging Librarian

Little Green by Walter Mosley

"Literally back from the dead, Walter Mosley resurrects the heroic private detective, Easy Rawlins, to return back to mystery, murder, and mayhem of 1960s Los Angeles."
Angela Rand, USA Baldwin County Librarian
Nonfiction: Reading in the Brain by Stanislaus Dehaene

"This is a fascinating book that describes the relationship between human brain plasticity/neuronal recycling with the development of alphabets and reading.  I'm just so taken with the power of writing systems (and hence, reading) to human progress!"
Fiction: Murder in Bellville by Cara Black

"Black brings Paris to life!" 
Beth Rugan, Reference & Instruction Librarian 

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling


 "The book felt like a snarky version of Glamour magazine.  Great if you are looking for light, amusing beach or pool reading."

Amy Prendergast, Science & Technology Reference Librarian

Meeting at Corvallis by S.M. Stirling 

"Very well-done post-apocalyptic/fantasy novels." 

Carol Ellis, University Archivist

Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin  


"Not as good as the first book in the series, but I do love how Martin is never predictable."

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