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On the Web Wed Oct 21 2009

Dusting Off the Oldies

Booklist's Book Group blog directs us to Shelf Renewal, a blog by two Chicago-area librarians dedicated to shining a light on not-so-new books instead of giving more attention to upcoming books that are already getting plenty of publicity. Blog posts so far include a list of books centered around eating habits, dysfunctional families and, inspired by the show Glee, high school novels. Part of the blog's goal is to help other librarians recommend good reads to their patrons, but for readers in general, the blog looks like it will certainly do well to branch out into lesser known books on topics of their interest. (After all, do we really need to know another person's opinion on the latest Dan Brown?) I look forward to seeing which books the pair dig up in future posts.

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rebecca / October 21, 2009 8:51 PM

Thanks for the shoutout, Veronica! I'd like to encourage readers to email us (shelfrenewal(@) with the kind of book lists they'd like to see. Got a book you like and would love to find more? Let us know and we'll do our best.

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