Some books are part of the in-crowd; so popular that they have dates every night of the week and libraries can barely keep up with the demand for them. You know the ones…
Other books do well enough for themselves, but don’t set the world on fire. They have a very special place in the hearts of some readers, but aren’t devoured by the world at large. For me, they are books like Karen X. Tulchinsky’s , The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky or Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente.
Then there are the wallflowers of the literary world: books that are standing against the wall of the reading prom (aka our stacks) and no one has asked them to dance. These books are sitting lonely on our shelves waiting for their spines to be cracked open for the very first time. Today I’d like to introduce you to some of NVCL’s unloved books and invite you to read one.
Act of Murder, by Alan J. Wright –A touring theatre group from London visits the small town of Wigan during a bitter coalminer’s strike in this Victorian murder mystery. A page-turner.
Centennial, by James Michener – The dramatic and sometimes violent history of Colorado, told through the voices of its inhabitants.
Hard Core Logo, by Michael Turner – The raucous tale of the (fictitious) punk band Hard Core Logo that inspired the fabulous film of the same name.
How the Mistakes Were Made, by Tyler McMahon — “I don’t mind the hate. It doesn’t bother me anymore, ” claims former punk bassist turned waitress Laura Loss. Loss is publicly reviled for the role she played in the demise of her second band, The Mistakes. Now she tells her side of the story.
I Hotel, by Karen Tei Yamashita – Fiction, playwriting and graphic art come together in this multifaceted tale of the civil rights movement in 1970s San Francisco.
In the City of Fear, by Ward Just – A senator and his wife are at home preparing to greet the day at the beginning of this microcosmic novel about the inner workings of political Washington in the 1960s.
This list is just a sampling. In order to do my part to keep unloved books from some tragic end more suitable for a made-for-tv drama, I’ve decided to check out another Unloved Book: The Summer of the Bear by Bella Pollen – a novel in which a wife struggles to understand the circumstances of her British diplomat husband’s death.
Which one will you take home?