Book Hunters

Book Hunters in Brief #109: The Victorians

Has there ever been anyone more squeamish about and discombobulated by basic bodily functions and desires than the typical Victorian?

Nope. And it's not even close.

Book Hunters in Brief #102: Holiday Memoirs

If ever there was a genre that pretty  much anybody with a pen, a stack of paper and some time to kill could tackle, it's the holiday memoir. We all have a story about the pony, Red Ryder BB gun, or Malibu Barbie with Kung Fu Grip that didn't come and for which we've carried a big, steaming dollop of resentment ever since. Likewise, we all have that one trigger--a smell, a taste, a certain slant of mid-winter light--that so evokes what the holidays mean to us personally that it amounts to our own version of Proust's madeleine. Then there is the other side of it.

Book Hunters in Brief #99: Veteran's Day

This week, Book Hunters wants to recognize all those who have served in the military. More than most organizations, public libraries exist without the sacrifices our veterans have made throughout this country's history. We never to forget that.

Charlie Mike: A True Story of War & Finding the Way Home
by Joe Klein

For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, & Sacrifice by Howard Schultz & Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Book Hunters in Brief #98: Books for Citizenship Month

Most of us cannot imagine pulling up stakes and leaving behind the only family, friends and language we have ever known (not to mention favorite foods and television shows) to start a new life in a new country. But people all over the world do it everyday--many at considerable risk.

The additional step of becoming a citizen of the adoptive country is itself a momentous one. It's like going all-in on poker hand. It takes guts. It takes faith and it takes work. In other words--it takes the kind of people who made and continue to make this country great.

Book Hunters salute all of our new and prospective citizens. Welcome!

Book Hunters in Brief #94: Frankenstein Reborn

As with so many archetypal characters--Robin Hood, Cinderella, the Cowboy--each generation remakes Frankenstein's monster in its own image. Originally, a stand-in for science run amok, nowadays, the monster tends toward the brooding and existential--goading us to ask questions like, why are we here? What is our relationship to our creator? What is the rational response to a world that seems increasingly hostile to our existence?

Writers have been riffing on Mary Shelley's creation almost since she first loosed him on the world. This week, the Book Hunters offer several spins--some serious, some lighter--on Frankenstein's monster.

Book Hunters in Brief #93: Further Reading for Gulf Coast Reads

There's a feeling that all readers know when they the last words on the last page of a good book. Actually, I don't think it's a feeling; it is many feelings all swirling together: exhilaration, satisfaction, contentment, pride, but also hunger for the next book and a twinge of doubt that they'll ever find another that will give such pleasure.

Book Hunters in Brief #91: Talk Like a Pirate Day!

As day jobs go, we suppose you could do worse than sailing the bounding main with an eye peeled for booty-laden schooners. If only it had a better dental plan and less of that whole walking the plank thing...

Be that as it may, tomorrow is Talk Like a Pirate Day and Book Hunters have dug up some treasures for the whole family.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2015 @ HCPL

In any direction you wander on the cultural landscape of this country, you won't go very far before you see the ways--large and small--that people of Hispanic descent have transformed it. This week Book Hunters in Brief offers some reading recommendations written by Hispanic authors. Some are old favorites; others are new voices, still others are ones you might have missed.

Book Hunters in Brief #89: Library Adventures for Library Card Sign Up Month

The uninformed would say that "library adventures" is an oxymoron, and as is so often the case, the uninformed would be wrong. Libraries are perfect settings for adventures. They are mazes full of mazes; chockablock with arcane clues, secret passageways as well as trap doors. Libraries are the original Choose Your Own Adventure game. Every book is a portal to another dimension, a rabbit hole, and a bottomless box of strange magic.

Book Hunters in Brief #88: Bookworms

As you might guess, the love of books and reading is what drives many librarians to do what they do (well...that and dreams of unimaginable wealth and power). This week, Book Hunters in Brief salutes the mighty bookworm in celebration of National Literacy Month. Here are some great books about readers and reading:

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