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What We’re Reading Right Now


People always think that it would be great to work in a library because you get to read all the time.  In reality it is more like working in a bakery while on a strict diet.  You get to see all the delicious goodies and read descriptions about them, but rarely do you have the time to indulge in them.

Like you, we do most of our reading at home.  Listed below are some of the books we are reading right now.  Not all are available in McCain Library, so check out your public library if you don’t find it in Sophia.

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

Availability:  McCain Library Browsing Collection

Description: A modern love story told through a series of dictionary-style entries is a sequence of intimate windows into the large and small events that shape the course of a romantic relationship.

Who’s Reading It & Why:  Casey Long, User Education Librarian, is actually reading this book for work related purposes.  She is on the Common Read Committee and is already evaluating some potential picks for the 2012 book.  She is currently 40 pages into this book (all read during a lunch time break on the quad) and is loving it!  Each chapter is about as short as a lengthy dictionary entry and the title of each chapter is a term  describes an aspect of the narrator’s relationship.  It is so short, she should be done with it by next week, so put it on your list to pick up.

Big Cats: Stories by Holiday Reinhorn

Availability: McCain Library Browsing Collection

Description: Collection opens with “Charlotte,” in which a young girl breaks her pelvis the same day a voluptuous woman moves in next door. The narrator and her younger brother spy on their neighbor during a long hot summer night while their mother is out on a date, setting the tone of irrepressible yearning and curiosity that is evident throughout the collection. In “Get Away From Me, David” a bank manager tries to overcome his haunted past long enough to help a customer who has died in the lobby during a small earthquake. “Big Cats” pits two teen girls in an escalating catfight that culminates in front of the lion cage at the zoo where they work.” Set in towns small and large up and down the West Coast, from Portland to southern California, all the stories in this collection are powered by loneliness, joy, fear, grief, hope, and, above all, redemption

Who is Reading it & Why: Erica Bodnar, Access Services Librarian, fell back in love with the short story format after reading the 2011 Common Read book How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer and decided to give this one a try. She has read several so far and while she feels they are good, they are not quite as entertaining as the Julie Orringer stories.  Both of these books are in the McCain Browsing Collection so check them out and let us know how you think they compare.

A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

Availability: Most public libraries have this book, but there will be a wait.

Description: A tale of court intrigues in the land of Seven Kingdoms, a country “blessed by golden summers that go on for years, and cursed by cruel winters that can last a generation.” Treachery, murder, incest.

Who is Reading it & Why:  Debbie Adams, Access Services Coordinator, heard all the hype about this book so she decided to give it a try.  She didn’t even know it is a new HBO series!  So far she is two chapters in to the book and finds it very brutal.  We’ll check in with her soon to see if she is able to make it through the violence.

We will post more insights into what we are reading in a few weeks, so stay tuned.  Also,  the descriptions provided are from WorldCat, which has a great mobile site and can let you know which library near you has the book you are trying to find.

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