Issue of July 4, 2011

Oh for a book and a shady nook, either indoor or out.
With the green leaves whispering overhead,
Or the street cries all about.
Where I may read all at my ease,
Both of the new and the old;
For a jolly good book whereon to look,
Is better to me than gold.

–John Wilson

Los Angeles is often thought of as always being there—big and dirty—but this week Laine Farley in, La Fiesta de Los Angeles, shows a bit of its unique history through a bookmark that celebrates the sesquicentennial of its founding in 1931. This was a major event for the city, one that lasted nine days and attracted both media attention and fair criticism for decisions made based on racial tensions.

Though the heat baking most of the country at the moment would make anyone shudder at the thought of wool, city girl Lindsay Champion spent the past couple of weeks reading a new “warm and fuzzy” memoir based on just that in Wooly Wisdom.

In a post-apocalyptic New York City, a man who calls himself Dewey Decimal takes charge of the New York Public Library and also rents himself out as a thug for what remains of the District Attorney’s office. Nicki Leone, in The Dewey Decimal “System,” reviews this new novel with an old theme and concludes that the character—and some of us occasionally—should just stay inside and read a book.

The growth of e-books is exploding and bringing with it numerous changes for publishers, authors, bookstores, readers—and used book sales as fundraising techniques for nonprofit organizations. What, Lauren Roberts wondered, will happen five or ten years from now? Will these sales disappear? Or will booklovers and booksellers still crowd them? What is certain is that The More Things Change, the More They (May Not) Remain the Same.

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