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In the Stacks

Short Stories About Libraries and Librarians
(Book - 2002)
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Libraries are created worlds. Row upon row of shelves holding miles and miles of books arranged meticulously down to the last decimal point, they combine the glories of a tale out of the Arabian Nights with the hidden terrors of an ordered, card-filed bureaucracy from Kafka. That the books within libraries contain terrors and pleasures aplenty has been a source of delight since before the Great Library of Alexandria, and for many budding writers and bookworms the public library off Main Street was the magic portal to new worlds. In In the Stacks, noted librarian Michael Cart has assembled the cream of twentieth century short fiction about libraries and librarians. They range from such classics as Isaac Babel's "The Public Library" to Jorge Luis Borges's tale about a library stretching into infinity ("The Library of Babel"), to such contemporary masters as Ray Bradbury ("Exchange"), Alice Munro ("Hard Luck Stories"), Francine Prose ("Rubber Life"), Nikki Giovanni ("The Library"), and others. Lunacy, love, obsession and the joy of reading are all gathered together in a volume most readers-and librarians of course-would agree is long overdue.
Title: In the stacks
short stories about libraries and librarians
Publisher: Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 268 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by Michael Cart
Contents: A General in the library / Italo Calvino
The Phoenix / Ursula K. LeGuin
Gloss on a decision of the council of Nicaea / Joanne Greenberg
Miss Vincent / Maria Dabrowska
Who is it can tell me who I am? / Gina Berriault
The Public library / Isaac Babel
Community life / Lorrie Moore - The Cobweb / Zona Gale
The Retirement party / Lisa Koger
Summer librarian / Sue Kaufman
QL 696.C9 / Anthony Boucher
Ed has his mind improved / Walter R. Brooks
The Tractate middoth / M.R. James
The Story of St. Vespaluus / Saki
The Trouble of Marcie Fling / John Cheever
Rubber life / Francine Prose
Hard-luck stories / Alice Munro
Exchange / Ray Bradbury
The Library of Babel / Jorge Luis Borges
Additional Contributors: Cart, Michael
ISBN: 1585672599
Branch Call Number: FICTION IN
Subject Headings: Short stories Libraries Fiction Librarians Fiction
Topical Term: Short stories
LCCN: 2001056043
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In In the Stacks, noted librarian Michael Cart has assembled the cream of twentieth century short fiction about libraries and librarians.

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Jan 07, 2012
  • floy rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not all the stories in this collection were to my liking but having always loved libraries, I was intrigued by the place and subject of these stories. There were five stories that I truly loved. They were delightful and insightful and made the entire book worthwhile.


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