Monday, December 5, 2016

Staff Favorites! Not-A-Book

For the November’s book display, librarians and student workers chose favorite titles to recommend to patrons.  My selections were titles that raises the question; what defines a work as a book?  Below are examples of my choices –

The term “book” is stretched to the limit by this work. In this boxed set, author Chris Ware assembles fourteen different printed works including cloth-bound books, newspapers, broadsheets, flip books and a board game to tell the story of the life of a woman living in a brownstone apartment.  If this isn’t sufficiently unusual, the work can be read in any order. Librarian note: when the book is returned, each discrete part must be accounted for! 

The Raw Shark Texts (a pun on Rorshach Test) is an exciting story of an amnesiac trying to piece together memories of his life. However, it is most fascinating when viewed as an experimental work of meta-fiction raising questions on reading, memory, and identity. At one point, the book is torn and turned into a flip-book (?).  Not a great book, but a lot of fun!  

WARNING: The next sentence will frighten off most reader – The first book of a seven-volume  4,500-page work.  However, you’ll be relieved to know that you will get much enjoyment out of this first volume and do not need to read the entire work.  This is a great story of how memory (again) shapes our self-identity and the destructive force of sexual jealousy. This most recent translation (from the French) is considered far more lively and accessible than previous translations.   

 Posted on December 05, 2016 I Blog post by Lou Acierno, M.L.I.S. (Director of Library Services)