Tag Archives: Nonfiction

Town Forum – Whiteboard Question #1

On Friday, Ms. Barrows and I found an unattended whiteboard in the library. So we decided to put it to use.

Hup two three four

The whiteboard levitates up the stairs.

Less magic, more muscle

Oh wait, it’s just Ms. Barrows.

Since we’re librarians, we have to ask about books. It’s in our contracts. We decided that a nice, easy, non-contentious question to start with would be “Suggest a good book!” And with help from a friendly freshman whose adviser must be wise and talented (Thanks, Nik!), we got set up.

Pretty soon, the whiteboard looked like this:

That was fast!

That was fast!

Seuss. S-E-U-S-S. Seuss.

And then it looked like this:

I've never heard of some of these.

Getting kind of crowded….

And then this:

My eyes! My eyes!

My eyes! My eyes!

Don’t think we didn’t notice that little change, folks. Please respect other people’s recommendations.

Also, The Popcorn Rat? I’m not sure I believe that’s a real book. And Google backs me up on that one.

And finally, at the end of the day:

Hooray!

Hooray!

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Book Review: The Ghost Map, by Steven Johnson

Non-Fiction Fun

The Ghost Map

Who knew that human waste and drinking water don’t mix? Not Londoners in 1854, where a contaminated well led to a deadly cholera outbreak. Two men – a doctor and a minister – followed two very different paths to figure out where the disease had come from and how to stop it. Spoiler: it wasn’t “miasma;” the conventional wisdom at the time that illness was caused by a fog of bad air around the poor. A fascinating look at Victorian epidemiology, and one of my favorite non-fiction books.

-Signing off, Kit Gette (who is very grateful for modern medicine)