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This post reminds me that I need a librarian icon...

Not only can I brag about the Steelers going to the Superbowl, but I can brag about all the awesome books I picked up free at the ALA Midwinter conference in San Antonio. This weekend has been great. Friday night I met a bunch of new people, including some hip young librarians (like me!) who also work in Louisiana. Saturday I browsed the exhibits, picking up a bunch of books and entering to win prizes that I won't get. Then I went to my only meeting of the conference (unless I go to something tomorrow) and joined a committee! Last night was a social at the Hard Rock Cafe, where we were fed with free appetizers but not free drinks. Again, there was much socializing with hip young librarians. Today was awesome, too. We went back to the exhibit hall and picked up more free books! Then we had lunch at the sports bar where we later watched the Steelers game with other Pittsburghers/Pennsylvanians/displaced Steelers fans. What a great game!!!

All of these are galleys (advanced reader's copies, uncorrected proofs) unless otherwise noted, to be published this year sometime.

If you want to read any, or want to help me decide what to read (I've already started the first), comment, please!

Fergus M. Bordewich, Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad, America's First Civil Rights Movement (not a galley)
Ross King, The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Era that at gave the world impressionism
R. Garcia y Robertson, Firebird
Peter C. Brown, The Fugitive Wife
Jenny White, The Sultan's Seal
David Stahler, Jr., Doppleganger (YA)
Tom Piazza, Why New Orleans Matters
Frances Hardinge, Fly by Night (YA)
James L. Swanson, Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer
Ariana Franklin, City of Shadows
Judson Roberts, Viking Warrior: The Strongbow Saga, Book one (YA)
Sebastian Junger, A Death in Belmont
Justin Marozzi, Tamerlane, Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World
D.M. Cornish, Moster Blood Tattoo: Book One: Foundling (YA)
L.A. Banks, The Damned
Helen Dunmore, Ingo (YA)
Michael Buckley, The Sisters Grimm: The Problem Child (YA)
Barbara Vine, The Minotaur
Frances Mayes, A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller
Robert Hicks, The Widow of the South
Jaime Manrique, Our Lives are the Rivers
Eugene O'Kelly, Chasing Daylight: How my Forthcoming Death Transformed my Life (not a galley)
Parminder Summon, Summon's Christian Miscellany: an amusingly informative collection of unexpected facts, curiosities, and trivia
Hanna Jansen, Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You (YA)
Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis, The Revenge of the Shadow King (YA)
Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian (Audio CD)
Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants
Raymond E. Feist, Flight of the NIght Hawks: Book one of the Darkwar saga
David Lee Stone, The Shadwell Shenanigans, The Illmoor Chronicles, Book Three (YA)
Michael Gerber, Freshman (YA)
Alan Moore and David Lloyd, V for Vendetta (not a galley)
various Manga, comics and graphic novels



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Jan. 23rd, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, I LOVED getting to read proofs when I worked at the evil sweatshop. That was the only redeeming part of that job.

Hip librarians, huh? I dunno, sounds fishy. ;)

You read such smart books. I'm so ashamed of the crap I read. I want to start improving the quality of my reading list. How do you come across this stuff?
Jan. 23rd, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
How do I come across quality reading, like the non-fiction and classics of literature? A bunch of the NF I've read has been on the best seller list, but some stuff I used to see in things like Library Journal and Booklist.

And, I picked up a copy of Nancy Pearl's Book Lust for $1 at the conference and since I have a copy, I'm sending it to you. Maybe it'll help you to read different books. Nothing wrong with reading crap if that's what you enjoy. Think of it as an early birthday gift. :)
Jan. 24th, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC)
You're the best.

*squee* for a birthday gift! I'm not getting anything from Mike because my new comptuter (which should arrive any day now) counts for Christmas and birthday and pretty much everything else for the year. But I'm good with that.
Jan. 24th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
oooh, new computer...!

package sent this morning, from Houston, before we left. It should arrive in a week or so. Please excuse the silly packaging (the USPS was out of plain mailers!). :)
Jan. 24th, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
Also, I definitely think you should do some kind of mini advice column, like "Mary's Monthly Book Picks".
Feb. 18th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
The Sisters Grimm: The Problem Child
You are so lucky to get advance copies of all these books! It sounds like heaven. PLEASE write a review of The Problem Child! I am praying that the third book is as fantastic as books 1 & 2. I can't believe I have to wait until May to read it.
Feb. 18th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
Re: The Sisters Grimm: The Problem Child
If I knew who had posted this, I might offer to send the book to you, as I have not read the first two books...
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