Library Lovers

Do you love anything to do with libraries? This is the book list for you!

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices… Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?

Information Hunters by Kathy Lee Peiss
Information Hunters examines the unprecedented American effort to acquire foreign publications and information in World War II Europe. An unlikely band of librarians, scholars, soldiers, and spies went to Europe to collect books and documents to aid the Allies’ cause.

The Knowledge Machine by Michael Strevens
Captivatingly written, interwoven with tantalizing illustrations and historical vignettes ranging from Newton’s alchemy to quantum mechanics to the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy, Michael Strevens’s wholly original investigation of science asks two fundamental questions: Why is science so powerful? And why did it take so long, two thousand years after the invention of philosophy and mathematics, for the human race to start using science to learn the secrets of nature?

Information edited by Ann Blair, Paul Duguid, Anja-Silvia Goeing, and Anthony Grafton
Information technology shapes nearly every part of modern life, and debates about information–its meaning, effects, and applications–are central to a range of fields, from economics, technology, and politics to library science, media studies, and cultural studies. This rich, unique resource traces the history of information with an approach designed to draw connections across fields and perspectives, and provide essential context for our current age of information.

Borges and Me by Jay Parini
An apprentice writer has an entirely unexpected encounter with literary genius Jorge Luis Borges that will profoundly alter his life and work. What ensued was a seriocomic romp across the Scottish landscape that Borges insisted he must “see,” all the while declaiming and reciting from the literary encyclopedia that was his head, and Jay Parini’s eventual reckoning with his vocation and personal fate.

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick
Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people–though not for lack of trying. She keeps careful lists of how to help others in her superhero-themed notebook. And yet, sometimes it feels like she’s invisible. All of that changes when a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep.