Friday, May 06, 2011

New Book Highlight: Maps and Legends

Well, everyone, this is the last New Book Highlight until school starts again in the Fall. We seem to have come full circle. The very first highlight we did focused on a book selected by one of our seniors last year, and now the last is a title chosen by one of this year’s graduating students.

Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon
San Francisco [Calif.] : McSweeney's Books, ©2008

Circulation Policy: This book will be located in our main collection, on the first floor of the library and can be checked out, however it has not yet been processed.

Special Note: It is our policy at the Darling Library to present each graduating student worker with a book to be added to our library collection in their honor. Each student is given the opportunity to select a book not currently owned by the library that they would like see added to our collection. When the book arrives, a special bookplate is placed in the front of the book. These labels are specialized individually with the student’s name listed on the inside cover, so that everyone who checks out the book will be aware of the unique nature of the book.

Maps and Legends was selected by Nathan McWherter.

A series of linked essays in praise of reading and writing, with subjects running from ghost stories to comic books, Sherlock Holmes to Cormac McCarthy. Throughout, Chabon energetically argues for a return to the thrilling, chilling origins of storytelling, rejecting the false walls around "serious" literature in favor of a wide-ranging affection.

Subject Descriptors:

Reader-response criticism.
Literature -- History and criticism

Class Descriptors:
LC: PN98.R38; Dewey: 801/.95

(For a more in depth description of what subject and class descriptors really are, see the description found in October’s post.)

This book can also be purchased from Amazonand Better World Books.

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