Wednesday, December 28, 2011

ricklibrarian's Books That Matter 2011 and Year in Review

Each year I pick which books and movies I liked best. Because I mostly read nonfiction and hardly any fiction, there is little in the fiction category this year. Toward the end of the year most of my favorite books were written for children.

I did not attend any conference in 2011, so I have no reports to offer. I did reflect on what I now do as a reference librarian in a series of posts in March. We had some great concerts and author presentations at the library, of which I report.

I look forward to more reading, viewing, and listening in 2012. The stack of books and CDs on my desk is already getting tall.

Recent Nonfiction 

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

Here on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet by Tim Flannery

Atlantic by Simon Winchester

Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems by Billy Collins

The President is a Sick Man by Matthew Algeo

The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan With Doctors Without Borders by Emmanuel Guibert

Blue Nights by Joan Didion

Recent Fiction 

The Ginseng Hunter by Jeff Talarigo

Great Old Books 

Courtship: Valentine's Day: 1918: Three Plays from the Orphans' Home Cycle by Horton Foote

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Children's Books 

Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson

Drawing from Memory by Allen Say

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin


The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron by Howard Brandt

Selected Shorts: Even More Laughs

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Author Events 

An Evening at the Library with Michael Perry

Films and Television 

Double Indemnity

Shaun the Sheep:Season One

Micmacs, a Film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

The Visitor, written and directed by Tom McCarthy

Autism: The Musical


Tom Kastle at Friday at the Ford

An Evening at the Opera

Are Compact Discs Disappearing? What Do I Do?

Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado in Iowa

Jason Deroche at Friday at the Ford

Readers' Advisory 

Life Stories: A Guide to Reading Interests in Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Diaries by Maureen O'Connor

Library Issues and Services 

Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile and Reference Is Dead

What Do Reference Librarians Do? Reference, Of Course!

What Do Reference Librarians Do? Select Library Materials

Weeding Biographies and Memoirs from the Library to a Tune from the Mikado


Anonymous said...

Wow, I love the Evening at the Opera idea! I'm going to see if we can do it here.

Sarah MN Librarian

ricklibrarian said...

It's our biggest program of the year. I'm lucky that the whole process was set up before I was in charge.

Anonymous said...


Have you read the moving and disturbing "Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account." It was re-released in 2011 in both paperback and kindle editions. A grim memoir that serves as reminder of what can happen when the worst of human nature is unleashed. Note that the forward by Bruno Bettelheim is outstanding.

ricklibrarian said...

I missed that one but will look it up. I am always inclined toward history. Thanks.