Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Top 5 titles foraged from the processing trolleys (9 February 2011)

List by Danielle

'Lord! when you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.'
~ Christopher Morley

This post is to salute the tireless efforts of all of the cataloguers, processors and acquisitions librarians out there - or, as one of them describes the profession, 'de-confusers'. Thank you to those women - without you there would be no searchable library catalogue, no New Books list, and no NextReads to fill my 'to-be-read' shelves!

Today is my last day working in a shared office with our local team of 'de-confusers', and while I will miss the trolleys of shiny new books, CDs and DVDs that trail them like delicious chocolate boxes of fresh treats, I will miss those hardworking ladies even more. Even though we are moving to the exciting new Manukau Library and Research Centre - we will miss you so much!

He forgot to say goodbye / Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Two teenaged boys with very different lives find that they share a common bond--fathers they have never met who left when they were small boys--and in spite of their differences, they become close when they each need someone who understands.

A new title from the author of the moving and beautifully-written teen rehab story 'Last night I sang to the monster'.

These things hidden / Heather Gudenkauf
When teenager Allison Glenn is sent to prison for a heinous crime, she leaves behind her reputation as Linden Falls' golden girl forever. Her parents deny the existence of their once-perfect child. Her former friends exult her downfall. Her sister, Brynn, faces whispered rumors every day in the hallways of their small Iowa high school. It's Brynn--shy, quiet Brynn--who carries the burden of what really happened that night. All she wants is to forget Allison and the past that haunts her. But then Allison is released to a halfway house, and is more determined than ever to speak with her estranged sister. Now their legacy of secrets is focused on one little boy. And if the truth is revealed, the consequences will be unimaginable for the adoptive mother who loves him, the girl who tried to protect him and the two sisters who hold the key to all that is hidden.

Library Journal recommends this one for lovers of Jodi Picoult's drama and suspense.

The horror! the horror! : comic books the government didn't want you to read! / [selection and commentary] by Jim Trombetta
Uncovers a rare visual treasury of some of the most important and neglected stories in American literature--the pre-Code horror comics of the 1950s.

Colourful! Shocking! Eye-popping!

Moon over Manifest / Clare Vanderpool
Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.

A Newbery Medal winning debut novel. Recommending it for ages 9-12, Publishers Weekly says 'Replete with historical details and surprises, Vanderpool's debut delights, while giving insight into family and community.'

A discovery of witches / Deborah Harkness
An epic, richly inventive, historically sweeping, magical romance. When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires.

Pretty blue cover with mystical designs! A good first page, this promises to be classy entry into the supernatural fiction field. Reviews pick up on the accurate historical detail as well as the well-developed characters and great dialogue (though also the length - at over 500 pages, it sounds like a slow if absorbing read).


suneeta said...

We are going to miss you too... :(

Claire said...

So have your cataloguing/acquisitions/processing colleagues not joined you in the new library? Are they working in secret and behind closed doors like the breakers of the Enigma Code?

Danielle said...

Perhaps they were just tired of our lot pawing through the trolleys and leaving sticky, covetous fingers on the brand new covers each week. Tosca and I are a bit like toddlers in a pet shop with the new books trolleys...
No, we're still waiting to see where the rest of the team from Ronwood Ave will end up, for now. Council space is in a bit of flux at the moment, and they may well end up somewhere near(er) by, we hope. The new building's great - windows! I have windows! - but it feels sadly incomplete without them.