Not so Quiet

We mentioned earlier that Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian was Dan Menaker’s thank-you gift to the authors who appeared on the most recent Title Page TV show.

The book just got a bigger hit — coverage in USA Today. But, review editor, Bob Minzesheimer backhands our favorite institution — “libraries would benefit from more creative staffs with a sense of humor.” Ouch! Some way to celebrate libraries during National Library Week. Bob should know better; he is also President of the Board of the Ossining [NY] Public Library.

As far as the book goes, Minzesheimer finds it “too self-consciously hip for my tastes.”

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Quiet Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian

Scott Douglas

  • Hardcover: $25.00
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (March 24, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0786720913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786720910

As part of this National Library Week “celebration,” he also reviews The Library at Night, saying, “The writing is challenging but rewarding.”

The Library at Night
Alberto Manguel

  • Hardcover: $27.50
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (March 28, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0300139144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300139143

The book has also been reviewed by Michael Dirda in the Washington Post and Nicholas A. Basbanes in the L.A. Times.

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