Five Great Books About Libraries
Josh Hanagarne, author of the memoir, ‘The World’s Strongest Librarian,’ picks his five favorite books about libraries.
Hanagarne’s selections and his reasons:
– The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco: “I’ve always wanted to visit the labyrinthine library in The Name Of The Rose, if only to see if I could find my way out. I’d probably forget I was in a maze and just sit down and start reading.”
– A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, And The Eternal Passion For Booksby Nicholas Basbanes: “My favorite book about books, the people who collect them, and libraries of all kinds.”
– The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: “The scenes where Kvothe is poking around the Archives are some of my favorites in the series to date.”
– Matilda by Roald Dahl: ” ‘So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.’ ” Enough said.”
– The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova: “I’m a sucker for anyone chasing forbidden knowledge around the stacks of an old library, and if it means you get chased by vampires, so be it.”