Reads About Libraries, Librarians, and Books!

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Library: An Unquiet History / by Matthew Battles

An intriguing historical study of libraries and books, their preservation, and destruction, from the U.S. to Europe and Asia, from medieval monasteries and Vatican collections to the ever-changing information highway of today.

1001 Books You Must Read before You Die / edited by Peter Boxall

A perfect companion for anyone who loves good writing and an inspiration for anyone who is just beginning to discover a love of books. Each entry is accompanied by an authoritative yet opinionated critical essay describing the importance and influence of the work in question. Also included are publishing history and career details about the authors, as well as reproductions of period dust jackets and book designs.

In the Stacks: Short Stories about Libraries and Librarians / edited by Michael Cart

Featuring contributions from Isaac Babel, Jorge Luis Borge, Ray Bradbury, Francine Prose, and Nikki Giovanni, a noted librarian presents a magnificent collection of stories that celebrates the library–a realm filled with endless possibilities, excitement, romance, and adventure.

The Twenty Days of Turin / by Giorgio De Maria

An investigator tries to connect unexplained events to an underground library of the past, where lonely citizens had met to read one another’s dairies, an endeavor that had led to nighttime massacres and the library’s erasure from history.

Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books by Michael Dirda

The author shares personal essays on diverse topics ranging from literary pets and cursive writing to book inscriptions and the pleasures of science fiction conventions.

The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith

Assigned to watch the restless characters of books left unfinished by their authors, a head librarian of Hell’s neutral Unwritten Wing tracks an escaped Hero before an angel attack reveals the existence of a powerful literary weapon.

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library / by Sue Halpern

A head librarian trying to forget the painful realities of her suburban past unexpectedly bonds with a teenager performing community service, a disgruntled former Wall Street high flyer, and other offbeat regulars who encourage her out of her self-imposed isolation.

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu / by Joshua Hammer

Describes how a group of Timbuktu librarians enacted a daring plan to smuggle the city’s great collection of rare Islamic manuscripts away from the threat of destruction at the hands of Al Quaeda militants to the safety of southern Mali.

The Book Charmer / by Karen Hawkins

A mesmerizing fusion of the mystical and the everyday, The Book Charmer is a heartwarming story about the magic of books that feels more than a little magical itself

The Library at Mount Char / by Scott Hawkins

After she and a dozen other children found them being raised by “Father,” a cruel man with mysterious powers, Carolyn and her “siblings” begin to think he might be God; so when he dies, they square off against each other to determine who will inherit his library, which they believe holds the power to all Creation.

Home for Erring and Outcast Girls / by Julie Kibler

A glimpse into the deep friendship between two women at an early twentieth-century rehabilitation home for cast-out single mothers, and the reclusive librarian who discovers their story a century later.

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage / by Julie Klassen

Moving into Ivy Cottage with the two Miss Groves, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford resolves to earn her own livelihood and discovers mysteries among her inherited library that she investigates at the side of a former love.

By Its Cover / by Donna Leon

Investigating the thefts of rare book pages from a prestigious Venetian library, Commissario Guido Brunetti is stymied by numerous possible suspects and the murder of a seemingly harmless theologian.

The Borrower / by Rebecca Makkai

When her favorite patron, a book-loving ten-year-old, runs away from overbearing parents, children’s librarian Lucy Hull flees with the boy and discovers that they are being pursued by an anonymous adversary.

The Starless Sea / by Erin Morgenstern

Discovering a mysterious book of prisoner tales, a Vermont graduate student recognizes a story from his own life before following clues to a magical underground library that is being targeted for destruction.

Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany / by Jane Mount

An illustrated love letter to all things bookish includes a tour of some of the world’s most beautiful bookstores, quizzes for testing one’s literary knowledge, and recipes for famous fictional meals.

The Strange Library / by Haruki Murakami

In a fantastical illustrated short novel, three people imprisoned in a nightmarish library plot their escape.

Dewey’s Nine Lives:  The Small-town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions by Vicki Myron

Contains inspiring, funny, and heartwarming stories about cats told from the perspective of Dewey’s Mom, librarian Myron. Includes never-before-told stories about Dewey, along with other touching cat tales.

The Library Book / by Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution: our libraries.

The Books that Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People / edited by Bethanne Patrick

Including contributions from Al Roker, Carl Hiaasen, Gillian Flynn, Liev Schreiber, Tim Gunn, Margaret Atwood, Mayim Bialik and many others, 100 of today’s most prominent literary and cultural icons share the books that changed their life, why they love them and their passion with readers everywhere.

The Library of Lost and Found / by Phaedra Patrick

A shy librarian whose kind heart is often exploited receives a mysterious book of fairy tales from the beloved grandmother she believed dead and embarks on a perspective-changing journey of astonishing family secrets.

The Shadow of the Wind / by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

A boy named Daniel selects a novel from a library of rare books, enjoying it so much that he searches for the rest of the author’s works, only to discover that someone is destroying every book the author has ever written.

Running the Books / by Avi Steinberg

A Harvard graduate and lapsed Orthodox Jew chronicles his stint as a librarian in a tough Boston prison, where he met such inmates as a pimp who enlisted his help writing a memoir and a gangster who dreamed of hosting a cooking show.

The Book of Speculation / by Erika Swyler

Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, finds a mysterious book that holds the key to a curse that has haunted a family of traveling circus performers for generations.

The Art of Reading / by Damon Young

As young children, we are taught to read, but soon go on to forget just how miraculous a process it is, this turning of scratches and dots into understanding, unease and inspiration. Perhaps we need to stop and remember, stop and learn again how to read better. Damon Young shows us how to do exactly this, walking alongside some of the greatest readers who light a path for us.