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Staff book review from Kat Monda – Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks

April 26, 2019

By Kat Monda

Editor’s note: Kat is a shelver at GCPL’s Bainbridge Branch and an avid reader. Her job allows her to see new titles all the time.

Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks
“A Librarian’s Love Letters and Break Up Notes to the Books in Her Life.”
by Annie Spence

One of the great perks of working at the library, of course, is getting to peruse the material that passes through your hands – books and AV that you haven’t seen yet. This is both a curse and a blessing: a book that you find so compelling you must check it out and start reading it in spite of the towering pile of books and movies you already have at home to get through. This was found as I was checking in materials when working for the Phoenix Library.

The premise is great: A librarian writing letters to her favorite books and some books that were just popular at the library. I was thoroughly entertained. Spence had me at “I. Books–the Letters”, “Rule Number One: Don’t f#*k with librarians. — Neil Gaiman…” typed out in card catalog style introducing the first chapter.

I laughed aloud in almost all of the entries. Spence tells it like it is, from experiences with patrons to how or why this particular book is in her life as she writes her love letter or break-up note to it. All genres are represented and children’s books as well.  There are many, but a few of my favorite entries are:

  • The Fancy Bookshelf at a Party I Wasn’t Technically Invited To
  • The Twilight Series
  • Marley and Me
  • The Namesake
  • Scenes For Student Actors

She even has an entry for Belle’s Library in the Disney animated feature Beauty and The Beast.

Anyone who loves books will appreciate this very thoughtful and funny compilation; however, I should add it is more suited to adults, though, as she does use expletives in a very entertaining way.

Currently reading:  The Picture of Dorian Gray and Three Stories by Oscar Wilde

Listening audiobook:  Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer – both for the 100 Book Challenge



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