A must-read for the aspiring librarians or lover of libraries and lists. This book includes silly lists like In the Library with the Lead Pipe’s Brett Bonfield’s list of library-inspired Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavors, and thought-provoking lists like, Michael Gorman’s five new laws of library science (#5 – Honor the past and create the future.)
You may also get a kick out of the haunted library list or the 25 largest libraries in North America (by volume) list as well.In the spirit of the holidays, this would make an excellent stocking stuffer or “thinking of you” gift for your favorite bibliophile.
– Avi Steinberg, Running The Books: The Adventure of an Accidental Prison Librarian
If only I could remember WHAT recommended me this treasure. Travel? Journal? Pictures?! Some of my favorite topics complied in equally as enticing yellow cover. (But you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover!) Casey Scieszka and Steven Weinberg met in Morocco while study abroad with their respective colleges. They fell in love, and made the distance work. Upon their graduations, they had only one plan in mind: Travel. Scieszka ‘s words and Weinberg’s illustrations weave a cohesive story about their post-graduate travel through Asia, Indonesia, and Africa.
At no point does the text disintegrate into a fairy tale, where all of Casey and Steven’s plans fall perfectly into place and they face no hardships. I read on-edge when they experienced identification problems in Mali, but devoured their descriptions of the local cuisine and cultural commentary. I particularly enjoyed reading about the first leg of their trip teaching Chinese schoolchildren English. I definitely empathized for Casey and Steven as they developed lesson plans and tried to connect two cultures by one language. They rise to every challenge they face though, as visitors and as young adults.
My friend Michael is studying Asian Studies at Temple University- Japan campus, and loves it. He is constantly nagging me to visit him in Japan “one of these days”. Of course Japan and China are different, but the travel-bug persists.
Thumbs: 2 out of 2! (and a stomach)