Magazine article American Libraries

How the World Sees Us

Magazine article American Libraries

How the World Sees Us

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"I wanted to be a children's book author and a librarian."

Actress JENNIFER GARNER, reminiscing about her childhood while visiting her home town of Charleston, West Virginia, People, Sept. 20.

"When you spend all your money on bombs, you don't have money for books."

A character in the San Francisco Mime Troupe's Red State, a musical satire written by MICHAEL GENE SULLIVAN, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Sept. 12.

"America, a country more comfortable with guns than library cards.'"

Political satirist WILL DURST, Arizona Daily Star, July 7.

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"It's the stuff of scholarly nightmares. You spend years working on a book, toiling in the archives, poring over sources, examining and re-examining data, only to discover that you're not alone. Someone else is working on more or less the same book."

"That Noise Behind You? A Rival in the Stacks," THOMAS BARTLETT, Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 26.

"She had the banal sensibilities of a local librarian who's moved to the big city and has started serious drinking and making semi-comical overstatements to disguise her obvious gaps."

Novelist CHARLES BAXTER, The Soul Thief, Pantheon Books, 2008.

"Others in the nabe include Max Thieriot as a hunky young hobo, a perfectly cast Wallace Shawn as a newspaper editor, and, for screwball spin, Stanley Tucci and Joan Cusack as a traveling magician and a motoring librarian. The latter is, actually, hell on wheels."

LISA SCHWARZBAUM, reviewing the film Kit Kittredge for Entertainment Weekly, July 11. …

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