Spring has Sprung

https://i2.wp.com/www.bbc.co.uk/southyorkshire/content/images/2006/03/15/crocus_470x365.jpgLegal professionals of the Merc: the new John Grisham is in. . . you can now begin forming an orderly queue on the little index card we use for our reserve list.  This is, according to one member, an excellent book to read while exercising.  Fans of T. Coraghessan Boyle and/or Frank Lloyd Wright will be happy to find we have The Women. Three decades of Louise Erdrich’s short stories come together under one cover in The Red Convertible, which has received the coveted Kirkus Reviews Red Star of Approbation. Also of interest to the Mercantile’s short story fans, all two-and-a-half of you: The 2009 Pushcart Prize XXXIII Best of the Small Presses, according to Kirkus Reviews “A Stalwart and a staple of American Letters . . . lively, unpredictable, eclectic and serious.”  Open this 618-page cross section, carefully-culled by 227 editors, and the odds are great that you’re going to run into some high-quality short fiction or poetry.  Viva la editors! Other interesting new acquisitions include Bright Young People by D.J. Taylor, about the young 1920s literary set in London that put the bauch in debauchee.  Volunteer Bill[domestic+art.jpg] Robinson and his wife Joan have donated the lavish Domestic Art: Curated Interiors, quite literally a visual feast.  Members interested in the biological sciences and nature might be interested in Barry Werth’s Banquet at Delmonicos: Great Minds, the Gilded Age, and the Triumph of Evolution in America, an erudite, non-fiction romp from New York to the French Riviera and back starring the great scientific minds of the 19th century (note to blog, blog about the Library’s signed letter from Louis Agassiz).  See also Every Living Thing: Man’s Obsessive Quest to Catalog Life, From Nanobacteria to New Monkeys by Rob R. Dunn, and Wildwood: A Journey through the Trees by the late Richard Deakin.  Peter Ackroyd’s The Thames has been described by a reputable local historian as far more elliptical and rambling than the river itself, but interesting nonetheless (liberally paraphrased).  Art buffs: this is your month.  Not only have we acquired The Painters Chair: George Washington and the Making of American Art by Howard Hugh, but also four decades each of the magazines ARTnews, ARTforum, and Art in America from area art collector David Reichert. These are a pleasure to browse, and a valuable resource, especially in conjucntion with the sundry search engines available, among other places, on the Cincinnati Public Library’s web site (you need your PLCHC card number to utilize these and the wealth of other resources offered there).   If you’re looking for the Brian Eno flexible record included in the Summer 1986 issue of ARTforum, it will be checked out to yours truly, subjected to several turns around my Marantz, due back two weeks from today.  -Ed Scripsi

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  1. What the…? That Bright Young Things ? That was supposed to be Mrs. Wolfe’s birthday treat. Now she’ll have to borrow it. Oh, well. She did get treated to an evening at the Outback Steakhouse in Prattville Alabama, a night to remember.

  2. Uh whoops.


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