Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Awful Books

I was going to post about awful library patrons.  I will, but later, when the current installment has finished.  Ms. WildHairScreamingConspiracyWoman is not yet done.  She will be back.  A trespass order may be issued.  Stay tuned.

Instead, there are wonderfully bad books to focus on.  Mary and Holly are two librarians who've written a blog in homage to bad books.  Awful Library Books is funny and interesting, giving particular and peculiar insight into the buying habits of Collection Development Departments past.  Revel in such titles as "Hug a Tree: and other things to do outdoors with young children".  Read the insightful commentary on this and other books, weeded (or the preferred term, "deselected", ugh) from library shelves.

The following are not awful books.  Or, they may be, but I cannot comment on their awfulness, or lack thereof because I haven't read them.  Fun with keyword searching of the library catalog:

Keyword in title: "poodles", limit to adult nonfiction.  Skipping the 636.72's, you find these.  You also find one I just put on reserve because I cannot resist the lure of Frank Zappa and poodles in the same title: Frank Zappa: the Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play by Ben Watson.  This book doesn't have anything to do with poodles, I suspect.  I just listened to Hot Rats on my ipod while shelving this morning.  Finding "poodle play" later on in our catalog was kismet.

I thank our wonderful library volunteer, Zoe, for telling me about Awful Library Books!  I plan to check some of these books out before they're extinct.

1 comment:

Eric Tischler said...

I just don't know. That "Woman in the Woods" book sounds pretty interesting, and vests will come back some day. Everything comes back.