An exciting new book?
Are you looking for a compelling new book, one reviewed as "engaging, humorous, fascinating"? One which, like a real-life game of thrones, is set in the bloody Wars of the Roses, that war which saw two branches of the Plantagenets set out to destroy each other, and both succeeded; one which comprises passionate blood-brotherhood, poetic courtly love, loyalty, and betrayal, the most controversial king in English history, triumph and disaster, deep personal guilt, and companionship in exile. It's called "At the Court of Broken Dreams" and is written by me, Laurence Baillie Brown. It will "drop", as they say, on Amazon and good bookshops sometime in August. It embraces both queer and Jewish themes. I hope you will read and love it. If so, do tell all your friends!
i love codependent relationships in fiction i love watching two messy people unforgivably in love with each other shatter the world around them i love seeing interpretations of love as a cosmic disastrous redemptive force i love watching love consume people whole i love looking at romantic relationships and going "oh that is so fucked up! good for them"
Anger is our friend. Not a nice friend. Not a gentle friend. But a very, very loyal friend. It will always tell us when we have been betrayed. It will always tell us when we have betrayed ourselves.
– Julia Cameron, "The Artist's Way"
Benefits of being a reader:
✓ books truly make you think and grow
✓ live so many lives
✓ support artists
✓ the pure magic of exploring a world outside your own
✓ books are so beautiful, excellent to collect 10/10 to living amongst piles of them
Downsides of being a reader:
✗ you are broke
What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.
Holden Caulfield, from The Catcher in the Rye (July 16, 1951) by J. D. Salinger
Things don't have purposes, as if the universe were a machine, where every part has a useful function. What's the function of a galaxy? I don't know if our life has a purpose and I don't see that it matters. What does matter is that we're a part. Like a thread in a cloth or a grass-blade in a field. It is and we are. What we do is like wind blowing on the grass.
-Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven
“As she read, at peace with the world and happy as only a little girl could be with a fine book and a little bowl of candy, and all alone in the house, the leaf shadows shifted and the afternoon passed. ”― Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
Ascension Community High School librarian Suanne Gordon reshelves books after a school renovation, a project of the U.S. military and Guyana Defense Force. 9/5/1997, NARA ID 6504646.
National School Librarian Day!
By Miriam Kleiman, Public Affairs
Today we honor the hard-working school librarians who patiently helped us find three sources for every paper, guided our debate team research, and brainstormed creative approaches to National History Day topics. Special shout out to Larry Rakow of Shaker High, circa 1980s!
Librarian at the card files at a high school in New Ulm MN, 10/1974. NARA ID 558218.
"Librarian," from Labor Dept's "Stock Photos Depicting Various Occupations, 2002 - 2007, NARA ID 81235343.
Librarian in the National Archives Library 1955. NARA ID 122213574.
"The Librarian Carefully Enters the Consignment Into Her Books" 12/1952. NARA ID 23932351
Librarian at Camp Lee, VA, WWI, NARA ID 20801744.
WPA-staffed library in Charlestown, IN. 8/26/1941. NARA ID 518271.
Books, Boots & Bridles: The Packhorse Librarians
Pack Horse Librarian Delivering Books to Children, 1/11/1938, NARA ID 148728416.
During the Depression, this Works Progress Administration/New Deal program brought books to eager readers in the far corners of Appalachia. FDR Library Education Specialist Jeffrey Urbin shares the story of FDR’s Pack Horse Library initiative carried out almost entirely by women. Watch the video.
Pack Horse Librarians, WPA records, 1/11/1938, FDR Library, NARA ID 48728414.