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Our Bodies, Our Shelves: A Collection Of Library Humor Paperback – April 1, 2015
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About the Author
Roz Warren, “the world’s funniest librarian,” writes for The New York Times, The Funny Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Jewish Forward and The Huffington Post. And she‘s been featured on the Today Show. (Twice!) Roz is the editor of the ground-breaking Women’s Glib humor collections, including titles like The Best Contemporary Women’s Humor, Men Are From Detroit, Women Are From Paris and When Cats Talk Back. Our Bodies, Our Shelves is her thirteenth humor book. Years ago, Roz left the practice of law to take a job at her local public library “because I was tired of making so damn much money.” She has no regrets.
You can read more of Roz Warren’s work on her website, www.Rosalindwarren.com, connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/writerrozwarren, email her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @WriterRozWarren. .
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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.
I have one minor criticism, which despite unreservedly loving this book, I think I should mention so nobody buying the book on my say so is unpleasantly surprised. Basically my issue is simply the book design and in particular the type setting. Whoever "typeset" and/or chose the fonts for this book did it disservice in many ways. First, the font size is large, which is an automatic-turn off for most people over the age of 7 and under 70. It's just hard to read Large Type when you're not used to it. Second, the text justification system the book designer used left numerous awkward, ugly, gaps; most hard to look at is the one on the very first page (i.) Third, the several wildly different fonts chosen (and there appear to be at least five in all for both covers, interior pages, text body and etc) make the book look amateurish. Which it is not! This is polished professional prose here! If the author releases another edition I'd urge her to redesign it physically. However, it's easy to ignore these small design defects. Especially because the book is so darn good! Read this wonderful book if you want fresh insight into library work and a good laugh!
Also, Roz proudly stands behind the First Amendment and tells funny stories about the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue and the best place to stash it.
Witty Roz humor, the original Library Comedian! It’s the perfect summer read!!