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Dec 31 2007

Happy New Year! (and a question)


We here at DeKalb County Public Library wish you have a Happy New Year!  Please note that all library branches will be closed at 5:00 PM on Monday, December 31 and will remain closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2008 in observance of the New Year.What was the best book you checked out from the library in 2007, and why?

We have many plans for 2008, and we’re looking forward to serving you even better.  As the end of the year draws close, we’d like to ask you a question:

Please respond by commenting to this blog post.  See you in 2008!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris S. December 31, 2007 at 12:30 PM

As I discussed in a previous blog post, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell was the best book I read (or listened to) this year. It was engaging and pulled you in to a magical alternative England full of magic and magical history.

John F January 2, 2008 at 8:51 AM

The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World (2007) by Alan Greenspan
I found this book very interesting to read. One theme in the book is his recognition of the conflict between his position on libertarianism and free-markets on one hand and his role in government, especially as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, on the other. He was aware of the contradiction but not wise enough to reconcile it.

Hard-Boiled: an Anthology of American Crime Stories (1995) edited by Bill Pronzini and Jack Adrian.
This was a pleasant discover of a literary genre with which I was unfamiliar. It introduced to me authors whom I did not know (e.g., Norbert Davis) and gave me an appreciation of authors of whom I had heard but had not read (e.g., Erle Stanley Gardner). I subsequently checked out from the library several books written by authors whom I discovered in this one.

The Mapmaker’s Wife: a True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon (2004) by Robert Whitaker.
What an incredible story! After reading this book, one will always think of it as the Amazon jungle, not the Amazon rain forest.

David January 4, 2008 at 9:41 AM

A mystery I really enjoyed was “Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter,” by Blaize Clement.

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