A librarian’s favorite inquiry
“Can you recommend a good book to me?” That question is a favorite among Delaware County District Library’s librarians, but it seems to be a question many people are reluctant to ask. I sometimes think that folks hesitate to ask us to recommend a good book because they may be concerned that their request is “not serious” or not exactly asking for information.
I recently asked a customer who looked a little confused while she was wandering through the shelves if she needed help. She quietly said, “I’m looking for a good mystery and I don’t know where to start. I haven’t had the time to read for a long while and I’m a bit out of touch with authors and such.” Her words were music to my ears because I am also a mystery reader, and as with all of the librarians, I enjoy sharing recommendations.
As we would with any reference questions, the librarians may ask you some questions about what you like to read to make sure we recommend something appropriate. Once we’ve been able to drill down a bit, undoubtedly we will be able to match your likes with a great selection.
And don’t be surprised if we ask you to let us know if you liked the books we recommend. Your feedback makes us better librarians!
Please don’t ever hesitate to ask any one of us for a good book to read. But beware: You may walk out of the library with an armload … and that’s OK, too.
Speaking of good books to read, check out these titles on the New Book Shelves in the month of May.
Beach House Memories by Mary Alice Monroe. A tale set in the 1970s American South shares the story of Lovie Rutledge, who reflects on a summer during which a beach vacation to escape her unfaithful, disdainful husband culminates in a fateful romance with a handsome biologist.
The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts by Billy Bob Thornton with Kinky Friedman, Angeline Jolie, Robert Duvall and Dwight Yoakam. Drawing from the most colorful moments of his life, the actor, screenwriter and musician shares his insights on women, family, fatherhood, friends, movies and other occupations and hazards.
Both Of Us: My Life With Farrah by Ryan O’Neal. A film star and husband of Farah Fawcett discusses his relationship with her and all the varying forces that worked against it.
The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry. When his beloved daughter falls in the clutches of a ruthless zealot, disgraced journalist, Tom Sagan risks everything to embark on a perilous quest from Florida through Prague to Jamaica in search of an invaluable historical treasure.
A Golden Voice: How Faith, Hard Work, and Humility Brought Me from the Streets to Salvation by Ted Williams. The former homeless man featured in a viral YouTube radio voice video shares the complete story of how he lost his successful career to a crack addiction, tracing his journey through homelessness and crime before finding love and redemption.
The Last Man by Peter T. Deutermann. When his Israeli girlfriend goes missing after extending a theory about the fortress of Masada, an American nuclear engineer travels deep into the Judean desert and makes an astonishing discovery that causes him to be targeted by Israeli intelligence.
In One Person by John Irving. A tale inspired by the U.S. AIDS epidemic in the 1980s follows the experiences of individuals torn by devastating losses and political upheavals whose perspectives on tolerance and love are also irrevocably shaped by awareness of what might have been.
Making a Difference: Stories of Vision and Courage from America’s Leaders by Chesley B. Sullenberger. One of the most captivating heroes of the last decade talks to men and women from such fields as medicine, education, sports, the military and finance who embody the truest sense of moral courage and leadership by personal example.
Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News by Dan Rather. The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning broadcast journalist traces his stellar career while reflecting on the historical events of his time, sharing new insights into such topics as the Abu Ghraib scandal, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy and JFK’s assassination.
Service: A Navy SEAL at War by Marcus Luttrell. A combat trained Navy SEAL shares dramatic stories from his Special Operations assignments throughout the world while highlighting the contributions of remarkable soldiers.
Stolen Prey by John Sandford. When the brutal killing of a family in a small Minnesota town reveals unsettling similarities to drug-retribution crimes, baffled police officer Lucas Davenport is shocked by findings that lead him into the darkest case of his career.
If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Mary Jane Santos, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call 740–362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at email@example.com. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked.