Last Monday we rounded out a terrific ALA Annual 2015 with a standing-room only Read ‘n Rave panel (similar to BEA’s Shout ‘n Share) moderated by Booklist‘s Rebecca Vnuk. Here’s what the all-star collection development specialists found on the exhibit floor to share with you:
Seattle Public Library’s David Wright kicked it off with A BURGLAR’S GUIDE TO THE CITY by Geoff Manaugh, noting that “You don’t have to get very far in before you start casing every place you’re in.” He also mentioned GIVE US THE BALLOT by Ari Berman, saying that it’s incredibly important to the civil rights movement still occurring today.
Kansas City Public Library’s Kaite Mediatore Stover called Sally Hepworth’s THE THINGS WE KEEP, “A gut-puncher about early onset Alzheimer’s.”
Chicago Public Library’s Stephen Sposato had lots of love for many Macmillan books, starting with THE FISH LADDER by Katharine Norbury. He described it as a “very scenic” adoption story with the appeal of Cheryl Strayed’s WILD and THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE by James Rebanks. Sposato said that the BEA Buzz Book BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT by Damon Tweedy “lives up to the hype” and that it would make an excellent pair with neurosurgeon Henry Marsh’s DO NO HARM. His final recommendation was THE WAKE by Paul Kingsnorth, a postapocalyptic novel set after the Norman Invasion optioned for film by Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall).
Hillsboro Public Library’s Stephanie Chase (and several audience members) were crazy about Jenny Lawson’s FURIOUSLY HAPPY. Chase mentioned that you could get your picture taken with the giant cut-out in the Macmillan booth. She also gave two thumbs up for THE END OF ALL THINGS by John Scalzi and gave the briefest of shout outs for CARRY ON “because it’s Rainbow Rowell.”
Last but not least, King County Library System’s Alene Moroni enticed the audience with HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall after reading the tag line on the galley aloud (“For the Marshalls, laughter is the best medicine, especially when combined with alcohol, pain pills, excessive cursing, sexual escapades, actual medicine, and more alcohol.”), adding “these are MY people!”