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Our Bodies, Our Shelves: A Collection Of Library Humor Paperback – April 1, 2015
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Top Customer Reviews
Libraries are alive and well and combined they are the largest book buyer in the world.
Another misconception I had was in thinking that librarians were plain, boring people. Boy was I wrong.
Our Bodies Our Shelves is a compilation of essays written by humor writer and librarian Roz Warren covering her observations and experiences working in a library in the affluent suburb of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
While reading Our Bodies, Our Shelves I was extremely grateful that I never lied about or squawked about paying a fine for an overdue book. If I had I could have easily been portrayed negatively yet hilariously in one of these essays.
Some of the short essays in the book left me saying, “Oh my did this really happen, some made me smile and others had me laughing hysterically.”
The book is quite educational I learned that if you borrow a GED study guide and don’t return for three –years, you can actually be arrested, if you live in Texas or several other areas. I also learned I should start to envision the tag sale and the comments from patrons to the sale after my demise and I am purging and/or adding belongings accordingly.
If you happen to know Roz and decide to visit her at the library and she acts a bit strange, be kind. She suffers from face blindness and has no idea who you are. It’s a real thing.
This book for me was an enlightening, easy and delightful read.
Any librarian, any son or daughter of a librarian, any one who’s dated a librarian will appreciate the joys and struggles of your library’s workers and heroes. And gosh, who knew they could be so funny? While in high school, St. Mary’s, a school for librarians, sent me a brochure encouraging me to go there. I chose to go to another school and major in economics. After reading the wonderful "Our Bodies, Our Shelves," I wonder if I made the right choice.
Well written, Roz.
Unfortunately, it isn't funny.
Instead, it is a collection of weak anecdotes. It has several sexually-inclined stories about porn stars and erotica. It is littered with unnecessary profanity, as she portrays herself as a coarse dive bar comedy shop wannabe. In fact, she has an entire chapter called, "Confessions of a Cursing Librarian."
Warren seems to have a disdain for her clientele. While naturally frustrated with those making excuses for their late fines, she takes it a step too far. She spends a chapter derisively commenting on them in "What Would Steven Slater Do?" and sprinkles similar jibing throughout the book.
It needs an edit. Stories could be tighter and less self-indulgent. Too many stories are about sex, whether she's discussing her political views of sexual orientation or the oft-stolen Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Overall, it is thin and poorly designed.
I give this two stars, not one, because she typed a lot, and because I did, in fact, smile at the vintage photograph on the cover. My appreciation of this book ends there. Don't buy it.
An okay quick read (and freely borrowed from Amazon Unlimited), but probably not something I would buy to reread.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is one of those you want to sit on a beach or take with you on vacation. The reasons I say this are it is a fun fast read. No dull long or boring reading. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I did not finish this. It went in the charity box to be given away. I am a retired librarian, so I thought I would like it.Published 9 months ago by N. Wootton
This book was advertised on its cover blurb as "Hilarious!" and yes it sure is! I laughed out loud (for real) while reading this collection of humorous essays, and even... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Pinxit
This book of essays is hilarious!! I'd never heard of Roz Warren till now and she is a phenomenally funny, witty author. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Diane
I love this book! Anybody who's a fan of books, libraries, or librarians will laugh right along with this talented author.Published 11 months ago by Sophie Grossman
Who knew librarians had such wacky experiences? Or such screwball patrons? Roz lets you experience it from the other side of the check-out desk. Highly recommended.Published 12 months ago by Deborah S
Roz continues her excellent wry observations of women-power and library humor in this amazing collection. This is a great gift for the bookish friend you have!Published 12 months ago by Danielle