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Today in History: Gustav Flaubert Is Born 

Our introduction to the 19th century French novel is Madame Bovary, Flaubert's debut novel that focuses on a country doctor's wife who is bored, lives beyond her means, and suffers a scandalous, imperfect marriage. And so begins our love affair with the great classics, in which we read Balzac, de Maupassant, de Musset, Hugo, and …

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Today in History: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Is Published 

Why were magazines and newspapers so instrumental in the publication of detective stories? Does the book format elevate popular reading? What educational methods can we adapt from sleuthing? How does our work in libraries fit in? Ever consider the relevance of Sherlock Holmes on Halloween? Care to investigate the paranormal at Teachers College? On October 31, …

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Tales from the Book Drop: The Sly Company of People Who Care 

As someone who often quite literally judges books by their covers, this particular title and cover jumped out at me: The Sly Company of People Who Care by Rahul Bhattacharya. That title combined with this cover prompted me to read the inside jacket: "A twenty-six-year-old cricket journalist chucks his job in Bombay and arrives in …

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What We’re Reading: Norwegian Wood 

I just finished Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood. This was actually the first Murakami work I have ever read. I have two friends who are gaga over him, so I figured I would see what he was all about. Let me tell you -- I was impressed. The book is simply written, rather dark...but a love …

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