Monday, April 26, 2010

Suggestions For NH ILL Librarians

Since there are so many active book groups in the state, perhaps those libraries that host a RTG kit might consider sending a message out to the ILL list when there is a lull in requests and the library finds that its kit is just collecting dust on the shelf. For example, the Nesmith Library has 2 kits that are waiting patiently for a ride on the van, one of which is The Book of Getting Even by Benjamin Taylor:
Gabriel Geismar, the gay son of an overbearing Jewish rabbi in New Orleans, escapes to college in the 1970s where he meets the Hundert twins, Daniel and Marghie, both of who fall in love with him, and is taken into the bosom of the Hundert family, finding more understanding and acceptance with Nobel prize-winning physicist Gregor Hundert and his wife than he ever did in his own household.
The other is Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. (Call 432-7154 if interested in either title.)

I was told at a recent READS board meeting, that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon, has been shelf-sitting in Bedford.
Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.
Call 472-3023.

Also on the shelf is Truth and Beauty: A Friendship, by Ann Patchett, in Nashua.
Ann Patchett and Lucy Grealy met in college in 1981, and after enrolling in the Iowa Writer's Workshop began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work. In her critically acclaimed memoir, Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy wrote about the first half of her life. In Truth & Beauty, the story isn't Lucy's life or Ann's life but the parts of their lives they shared together. This is a portrait of unwavering commitment that spans 20 years, from the long cold winters of the Midwest to surgical wards to book parties in New York. Through love, fame, drugs and despair, this is what it means to be part of two lives that are intertwined.
Call 589-4635.

Alternately, if you're in need of something, in a hurry, for a group to read, why not send a message to the ILL list saying, "Help! Are there any RTG kits available?" It's silly for us to have kits unused!

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--Diane

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