Ask A Librarian: A Brief and Incomplete History of the Middle East

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Recently, a friend asked me for books, preferably fiction, to help her understand the history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. I don’t think I can adequately cover that subject (ever, it’s just so big), but I can offer some suggestions regarding Israel, Palestine, Syria, and the changing face of the Middle East. I do want to offer a caveat that I … Read More

Jessica WernerAsk A Librarian: A Brief and Incomplete History of the Middle East

Ask a Librarian: Decks and Drinks Books

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Last Saturday was gorgeous here – in the 80s and sunny, the perfect weather for putting a chair (or, if you’re as lazy as I can be, an air mattress) on the deck, propping your feet up, pouring a cold drink, and falling into a book. On sunny summer days, I don’t want my usual fantasy or romance, but I also … Read More

Jessica WernerAsk a Librarian: Decks and Drinks Books

Ask A Librarian: Fantasy Books Featuring Unicorns

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At the request of one of our illustrious editors, I decided to compile a list of books featuring unicorns. As a former horsey girl, I understand the attraction. But how can fiction feature a unicorn without it feeling played out? Here are some of the better unicorn books I’ve found.

Jessica WernerAsk A Librarian: Fantasy Books Featuring Unicorns

Ask A Librarian: Bring Me Your Finest Histories, Real or Alternate

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Hello, readers! It’s a gorgeous day outside in Seattle, but I am going to be inside, as being employed at the library means far too much time thinking up titles to request. I thought I had seven holds yesterday and walked out with sixteen items. I finished Hold Me Closer Necromancer last night, and I re-started Karen Marie Moning’s Iced … Read More

Jessica WernerAsk A Librarian: Bring Me Your Finest Histories, Real or Alternate

Ask A Librarian: Funny, Funny, Funny

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I really enjoy fiction books that are humorous, fantastical and absurd, with lots of interesting details and great world building, like everything by Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Eoin Colfer and Walter Moers (although he isn’t that well known in the non-German speaking world, I believe), as well as things like Harry Potter, The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede … Read More

Jessica WernerAsk A Librarian: Funny, Funny, Funny

Ask a Librarian: 4/18/13

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Spring always gets me in the mood for romance, but I often have a hard time finding romantic novels that feel smart, funny, and well-plotted. (I’m bored to death with Janet Evanovich’s series, and Sophie Kinsella’s books make me cringe.) I like some of Jennifer Crusie’s novels (Faking It, Agnes and the Hitman), most of Elizabeth Peters’ books, and paranormal … Read More

Jessica WernerAsk a Librarian: 4/18/13

Ask A Librarian

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You had some great requests last week, and hopefully my suggestions work for you!  Please, keep asking!

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Ask A Librarian: What Should I Read?

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Hello, darling readers! Welcome to Persephone’s new readers’ advisory column. I’m a state-certified librarian, an inveterate bookworm, and I learned reader’s advisory from arguably the most famous reader’s advisor of all, Nancy Pearl.

Jessica WernerAsk A Librarian: What Should I Read?